give (one) ideas

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give (one) ideas

To suggest something to someone; to lead someone to start believing (in) something; to make someone want to start doing something. (Used of suggestions, ideas, or beliefs that one wouldn't have thought of on his or her own, especially those that are foolish or negative.) Of course we're not going to sell the house! Who gave you such ideas? I can't believe you were caught smoking marijuana. I bet it's that no-good kid Casey who gave you ideas like that. I heard that John's been giving his sister ideas that she was adopted.
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give somebody iˈdeas

(also put iˈdeas in/into somebody’s head) give somebody hopes about something that may not be possible or likely; make somebody act or think in an unreasonable way: Don’t keep telling him about your adventures in Africa. You’re giving him ideas.Who’s been putting ideas into his head?
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For beginners, there are tutorial levels that take you through the process step-by-step and there are plenty of demo songs to give you ideas.
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