you have to hand it to someone

you have to hand it to someone

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I have to hand it to someone

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People say You have to hand it to someone or I have to hand it to someone to show that they admire that person for something they have done. You have to hand it to Hemp, I suppose, for instinctively knowing what to do. I have to hand it to you. You came pretty close to getting away. Note: In British English, you can also say you've got to hand it to someone. You've got to hand it to Melissa, she certainly gets around.
See also: hand, have
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