give (one) the benefit of (something)

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give (one) the benefit of (something)

To explain something to one in great detail, often when doing so is unwelcome or unappreciated. Yes, Aunt Ida was so kind as to give me the benefit of the whole story of how she bought peaches by mistake.
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give someone the benefit of

— explain or recount to someone at length (often used ironically when someone pompously or impertinently assumes that their knowledge or experience is superior to that of the person to whom they are talking).
1999 Stage Our courses are delivered by 2 current TV personalities who will give you the benefit of their 6 years experience.
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Lift your head and smile at people, and if they do something that seems hurtful, give them the benefit of the doubt.
Bands from each of the five sections have been invited to perform a hymn tune and their set test piece in order to give them the benefit of performing the music in front of a live audience.
Vets are often forced into getting a lawyer when the VA refuses to give them the benefit of the doubt regarding issues like date of injury/claim reported to the VA.
I was present when he came to speak to schoolchildren in Greenock a few years ago and although his career had already taken off, he was quite happy to take time to talk of his experiences as a struggling writer and give them the benefit of his advice.
Maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt over estimating the Countryside Alliance figure.
We must pray for them and as citizens give them the benefit of our informed judgement.
But sure we'll give them the benefit of the doubt and enjoy the scenery.