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give away the store

To pay or concede too much during a negotiation, exchange, or transaction. Focusing on environmental concerns, the congressional candidate has accused his opponent of giving away the store to corporate interests. You have to make your business attractively affordable, but you can't give away the store or you'll never turn a profit. I hope you didn't give away the store for that beat up old car.
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For the chain, the discount proposition is about enticing customers without giving away the store. If people come in only for the deals -- which are lower-margin sales or even loss leaders -- franchisees get angry.
I haven't been at the IDA long, but I think that IDAs have gotten an undeserved negative reputation for giving away the store. One of the challenges to IDAs and us in particular, we've got to be transparent.
who know in their heart that the president is giving away the store to Vladimir Putin?"
One is he made a fatal mistake in giving away the store, thinking he could pull off the Soviet turnaround.
Giving away the store chain for a quid to a double bankrupt smacked of convenience for the slippery shark with a wife installed in a tax haven.
Against this backdrop of uncertainty, the city would have to protect itself against overpaying, and EWEB would have to be sure it wasn't giving away the store. Maybe both can agree to let the city take the lead without transferring ownership until a later date, when the actual value of the property can be determined with greater confidence.
By appeasing their conservative Catholic friends and giving away the store on exemptions, it sets a bad precedent for the future.
(This does not mean giving away the store.) Most of the time, unhappy people have reasonable concerns and are willing (often enthusiastic) to accept reasonable compensatory actions.
If Obama insisted on giving away the store, why not at least do it item by item?
In our eagerness to attract the best and brightest professors from other countries, we are giving away the store. It's not an equal partnership, making the rankings of universities with the most highly cited research ring hollow.
To protect against fraud, he said, "Surveillance is a marketer's best friend." So is constant communication among all parts of the casino operation to prevent complicity and "giving away the store," Koff said.
If we're going to address the affordable housing crisis we're not going to get anywhere if we keep giving away the store to powerful business interests," he said.
And if such politicians are giving away the store by approving overly generous contractual provisions, why does the voting majority continue to reelect them?
Republicans want to dismember government, and Democrats are giving away the store. So while these particular storms have come and gone, politics may have changed little--unfortunately.
He notes that CFOs have to appear to be transparent without giving away the store, since currency positions may reveal competitive information.