have to hand it to
have (got) to hand it to (someone)
To give, or feel obliged to give, credit or recognition to someone for something they have done. I've got to hand it to you, the company has really turned a corner since you started managing the accounts. Still, you have to hand it to Jenny—she sure knows how to throw a party.
have to hand it to someone
to give someone credit [for something]. (Includes an expression of obligation, such as must, got to, have to, etc.) You've really got to hand it to Jane. She has done a fine job. We have to hand it to Fred. That wine he brought was great.