give (one) ideas

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give (one) ideas

To suggest something to one, to lead one to start believing (in) something, or to cause one want to start doing something. Used of suggestions, ideas, or beliefs that one wouldn't have thought of on their 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. I bet it's that no-good 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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The long history of First Amendment jurisprudence-which has decided in case after case that "giving someone ideas" that might lead to bad conduct is protected speech unless the incitement is immediate (Go do this now!)-should be overturned, argues the government in defending the CPPA, when the ideas involved are sufficiently evil.
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