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give (oneself) away

To reveal or make known—usually unintentionally—something about oneself, such as one's actions, intentions, ideas, guilt, etc. Margaret had been embezzling money from the corporate account for years, but she finally gave herself away when she claimed her two-month trip to Paris as a business expense. I wanted my acceptance to Harvard to be a surprise, but I gave myself away when I mentioned about moving in the autumn.
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give someone or something away

to reveal a secret about someone or something. I thought no one knew where I was, but my loud breathing gave me away. We know that Billy ate the cherry pie. The cherry juice on his shirt gave him away. I had planned a surprise, but John gave away my secret.
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give someone away

 (to someone)
1. Fig. [for the bride's father] to give the bride away to the groom. (Customarily done just prior to the actual marriage ceremony.) Mr. Franklin gave Amy away to Terry just as he had done in the rehearsal. He was reluctant to give his daughter away.
2. Fig. to reveal something secret about someone to someone else. Please don't give me away. I don't want anyone to know my plans. Alice did everything she could to keep from giving herself away.
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give something away

 (to someone)
1. to donate to, or bestow something upon, someone. I gave the old clothing away to Tom. I gave away my coat to Tom.
2. to tell a secret to someone. Please don't give the surprise away to anyone. Don't give away my secret.
3. to reveal the answer to a question, riddle, or problem to someone. Don't give the answer away to them! Don't give away the answer!
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give away

1. Make a gift of, bestow, as in I decided to give away all my plants. [c. 1400]
2. Present a bride to the groom in a marriage ceremony, as in Her father gave Karen away. [c. 1700]
3. Reveal or make something known, often unintentionally; also, betray or expose someone. For example, She gave away her true feelings, or He gave away his accomplices. This idiom is sometimes put as give oneself away, as in If you don't want the family to know about your gambling, don't give yourself away by spending your winnings . [Late 1800s]
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give away

v.
1. To relinquish something; give something to another: The store is giving away free samples of cheese. I gave my old clothes away to charity.
2. To present a bride to her bridegroom at a wedding ceremony: Very often, the father gives away the bride. I gave my daughter away at her wedding.
3. To reveal something or make something known, often accidentally; divulge something: The preview gave away the film's surprise ending. The tone of the teacher's voice gave the answer away.
4. To betray someone: I tried to pass for a local resident, but my accent gave me away.
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References in classic literature ?
Cuthbert; I met you day by day after you knew that I had been your father's partner, and never once did you give yourself away! Were you tarred with the same brush as those canting snobs who doomed a poor old man to a living death?
If you give yourself away to a poor poet who loves you, their disgust will be unbounded.
Do not throw yourself away or sell yourself; give yourself away. Erskine has as much at stake as you; and yet he offers himself fearlessly."
You give yourself away too much, Rodion Romanovitch.
You never give yourself away. I watched you this evening with Katharine Hilbery.
"You seem deucedly anxious not to give yourself away," said Jukes, completely soured by such absurdity.
He seemed to expect you to give yourself away by some unconsidered word that he would snap up with delight.
But while you might feel tumbleweeds, no one will know that was meant to be your "mic drop" moment unless you give yourself away.
He said: "As a gay man, I know from my own life experiences how lonely it can be in the workplace, and how careful you are in what you say and do in case you give yourself away and let your secret out.
You don't give yourself away. I like how outspoken you are, yet not imposing.
While everyone enjoys going and helping others, the real benefit is what you receive in return by learning to give yourself away. After you participate in such a project, you will find that you receive far more than you gave away.
Don't give yourself away - if you start to spot inconsistencies, keep them to yourself.
We all need to be supported by somebody when it comes to pricing, someone who can say, "No, I'm not going to let you give yourself away."
Among the most interesting of the fugitive poems Allen collected is a sermon-in-verse entitled "How to Give Yourself Away" and delivered at Glide Memorial Church in February 1967.
You don't have to give yourself away just to have sexual relevance."