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receive back

To obtain, take, or acquire someone or something back (from someone, something, or some place). A noun or pronoun can be used between "receive" and "back." I finally received back the things the police had confiscated during their search. We received the patient back from the ICU so we could continue to monitor his progress.
See also: back, receive
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

receive someone or something back

to get someone or something back. Martha received her husband back after his escapade. I sent a letter off with the wrong postage and received it back two weeks later.
See also: back, receive
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Giving promotes co-operation and cements social connections: When you give, you're more likely to receive something back. Your generosity is often rewarded by others 'down the line', sometimes by the person who received your help and sometimes by someone else.
Some give because they want to receive something back, Arada said.
Coun Sarah Merry added: "We are in negotiations with people who run events to see if we can receive something back to reduce clean-up costs."
DS Battle continued: "We would advise people not to respond to unsolicited letters they receive in this way, and certainly not to be persuaded to send money in advance in the vain hope that you are going to receive something back.
But at least prospective renters will receive something back in their e-mail box, allowing the start of a two-way dialogue.