pay compliment

pay (one) a compliment

To compliment one; to give one a piece of praise. It took me a little while to realize that he was paying me a compliment. It isn't often she pays her employees compliments, so you should really feel proud.
See also: compliment, pay
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pay someone compliment

Fig. to give someone a compliment. Tom paid Bill a compliment when he told him he was intelligent. Mary was very gracious when Anne paid her a compliment.
See also: compliment, pay
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Upon my word, Dorian, Miss Sibyl knows how to pay compliments."
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I'd have to pay compliment to our management team as well - we pushed them hard.
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"I've got to pay compliment to my predecessors for what has gone on before," he says.
I would like, as most speakers have done, to pay compliments to the CDC and its chairman for a job well done.
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His voice was rich and could pay compliments in gentle tones or threaten when voice and eyes were on the attack.