give (something) to (someone)

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give (something) to (someone)

1. To pass or hand something to someone Can you give these files to Bob for me? I already gave my present to Mom—was I supposed to wait?
2. To bestow or gift something to someone. I plan to give my grandmother's ring to my daughter when she turns 18. Please give this money to the landscaper when he comes by later.
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give it to someone (straight)

to tell something to someone clearly and directly. Come on, give it to me straight. I want to know exactly what happened. Quit wasting time, and tell me. Give it to me straight.
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give something to someone

to bestow something, such as a gift, on someone. Please give this to Sally Wilson. Who gave this book to me? I want to thank whoever it was.
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give it to

Punish or reprimand, as in Dad really gave it to Tom for coming in so late. This expression, implying a physical or verbal attack, dates from the late 1500s. Also see give someone hell. In more recent times the expression gave rise to give it to someone straight, meaning "to tell someone something candidly and directly." For example, I asked the doctor to give it to use straight about Mother's condition.
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give it to

Informal
To punish or reprimand severely: My parents really gave it to me for coming in late.
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"Pick something that you would give to somebody's face or that you would want to receive with integrity," Schuit said.
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When asked the one piece of advice he'd give to somebody starting a business, if an employee isn't working out, isn't fitting into the culture, "make the decision more quickly" to let that person go.
"Being a donor is the most wonderful gift that you could ever give to somebody.
Time is the most important thing you can give to somebody - and he taught me that."
When asked what advice he would give to somebody about to step into his role he stressed the need to fully explain the rationale behind controversial decisions.
Weaker counties should get more help but why take from what is ours to give to somebody else?
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"If we are here at the UN and we are talking to everybody about everything it seems strange that the most important message we want to give to somebody we for some reasons become reluctant to give that message" he said.
"If we are here at the UN and we are talking to everybody about everything, it seems strange that the most important message we want to give to somebody, we, for some reasons, become reluctant to give that message," he said.