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give (someone) credit

1. To give someone praise or recognition. We must give Samantha credit for getting the project finished on time. You have to give John credit for the humility he shows regarding his financial success.
2. To grant or extend financial credit to someone. The shop gave us credit for the faulty television we bought last week. If the bank agrees to give me credit, I'll finally be able to get my business up and running.
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give credit

1. Also, extend credit. Trust someone to pay at some future time what he or she owes. For example, I haven't enough cash this month, so I hope they'll give me credit. This use of credit dates from the mid-1500s.
2. Acknowledge an accomplishment, as in They really should give her credit for the work she's done. [Late 1700s] The phrase is sometimes amplified to give credit where credit is due, meaning the acknowledgment should be to the person who deserves it. This expression was probably coined by Samuel Adams in a letter (October 29, 1777), which put it: "Give credit to whom credit due." It is sometimes put give someone their due, as in We should really give Nancy her due for trying to sort out this mess.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It seems to me that your friends on the other side scarcely seem to give us credit for our exertions.
'We hope (my old lady and me) that you'll give us credit for taking the plainest and honestest short-cut that could be taken under the circumstances.
There is much good in us, though you give us credit for no good at all.
But you'll probably read a lot about how poor Hereford were and how poor Gloucester were, I don't know whether people will give us credit for how good we were.
We play a lot more football than people give us credit for."
"I'm not too much concerned or worried about what people say if we win the title just because (of) what happens now with UEFA (and) they do not give us credit for what we have done.
"They do not give us credit for what we have done, but believe me i don't care.
I'm not too concerned or worried about what people say if we win the title just because what happens now with UEFA or if they do not give us credit for what we have done.
I think we are better prepared than some give us credit for.
A Douglas, Wallasey Give us credit I SEE we are again being asked to help those in the know (those who get huge pay packets to serve us, yet are doing the Tories job for them).
We've played a good brand and people have been surprised by that, almost reluctant to give us credit for that.
Fortunately, the average Briton has a lot more common sense than our political leaders give us credit for and are eminently capable of coming to their own conclusions on whether to stay in Europe or leave.
In some ways the shift was more thoughtful than people give us credit for.
"People in the North-east are much more fashion-conscious than the national press give us credit for, which means that we can be much more adventurous with our buying and trial up-and-coming designers.
But give us credit for not using the ubiquitous sad polar bear floating on a piece of ice that seems to be the universal image for climate change or global warming to be exact.