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pay (someone or something) a compliment
To give someone praise, especially for a specific accomplishment or trait. He paid the chef a compliment for the delicious soufflé. I don't really like it when people pay me a compliment for my appearance—I never know how to react.
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pay a compliment
Express praise or commendation to someone, as in Meredith wanted to pay Christopher a compliment so she told him she liked his new haircut . This expression uses pay in the sense of "give something that is due." [c. 1700]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- pay a compliment to (someone or something)
- there was/is something about (someone or something)
- there's something about (someone or something)
- there's something about somebody/something
- inherit (something) from (someone)
- inherit from
- as (something) as they come
- as as they come
- as clever, stupid, etc. as they come