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an Indian giver

A person who asks the return of or takes back a gift after they have given it. One of many expressions often considered offensive for making reference to Native American stereotypes or tropes. I'm sorry to be an Indian giver like this, but I'm afraid I need the $50 back that I gave you last week.
See also: giver, Indian

Indian giver

One who takes or demands back one's gift to another, as in Jimmy wanted to take back Dan's birthday present, but Mom said that would make him an Indian giver . This term, now considered offensive, originally alluded to the Native American practice of expecting a gift in return for one that is given. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
See also: giver, Indian

Indian giver

Someone who gives a gift and then wants it returned. Native Americans' economy was based on the barter system; therefore, an item that colonists and settlers took to be an outright gift was expected to be reciprocated. When it was not, the giver wanted the item returned. The offensive phrase, which first appeared in mid-18th-century New England, is now rarely used . . . and properly so.
See also: giver, Indian
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The authors found that two-thirds of those who gave opinions to others on public affairs topics also sought others' opinions, making them both opinion givers and seekers (Troldahl & van Dam, 1965).
One of Grant's least surprising findings is that givers can be found bunched at the bottom of the success ladder, because their trusting natures and willingness to sacrifice leaves them vulnerable to exploitation.
Good or bad, at least this makes sense -- and The Giver makes sense in another way too, though it doesn't seem to be aware of it.
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I walked out thinking that I was never coming back," Rush tells the publication concerning her audition for the dystopian movie "The Giver," which is expected to follow the success of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent.
One has to maintain a balance and try and find a middle path where a giver has the traits of both the taker and the matcher.
Yun Kyung Oh of the Department of Business Administration, at Dongduk Women's University, said that the center of the distribution pivots on the average price available to the giver of the gifts requested by bride and groom and the higher than average-priced gifts are the target of those seeking greatest social benefit and the lower priced gifts by those hoping to save money.
Many of Lowry's books deal explicitly with the Holocaust, and The Giver, while not openly broaching the subject, is her most famous warning against the temptations of totalitarian societies.
When takers win, someone always loses, but when givers win, their success spreads and cascades to others in their networks.
He said that people who are givers and focus on the interests of others, at times at their own expense, often end up being more successful than takers or "matchers.
Australian actor Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) has edged out several of his fellow rising stars for the young male lead opposite Jeff Bridges in the Weinstein Company and Walden Media's adaptation of The Giver, writes Jeff Sneider.
The ultimatum game is a sequential-move bargaining game in which a giver offers a taker a share of a monetary pie.