Definition of give something away in English:

give something away

phrasal verb

  • 1Reveal something secret.

    ‘he gave away naval secrets’
    • ‘Beth cut him off before he could give their secret away.’
    • ‘I don't want to give it away, it's a trade secret, but beeswax is good,’ said Peter.’
    • ‘I felt bad for giving the secret away in case he was uncomfortable with sharing, but at least his mother and my aunt understood…’
    • ‘Without giving any secrets away or anticipating the future, do you see the current structure continuing when the two organisations come together in 2005?’
    • ‘Mr Atkinson wasn't giving any secrets away but advised: ‘If you get your ingredients right in the first place and put them together properly you are on to a winner.’’
    • ‘The Prince asked Mrs Throup about the secret recipe but she told him: ‘I'm afraid we never give our secrets away.’’
    • ‘No secrets or details will be given away - simply because the act of initiation is an individual and deeply personal experience.’
    • ‘One reason might be because I quite enjoy writing this column and don't want to give my secrets away all at once.’
    • ‘They gave things away, told secrets like a six year old everyone is constantly trying to shut up.’
    • ‘I'm not going to give our game-plan away but we are going to be ready for a big, tough encounter.’
    reveal, disclose, divulge, let slip, leak, let out
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  • 2(in sport) concede a goal or advantage to the opposition, especially through careless play.

    ‘the goal we gave away was a bit sloppy’
    • ‘‘We scored two goals again but we keep giving goals away,’ he said.’
    • ‘We just cannot give goals away like we did in the first-half.’
    • ‘We can't afford to give penalties away and we need to make sure we keep our composure during the game like we have done before.’
    • ‘I was quite cross about the goal because we gave the ball away in the corner.’
    • ‘We can't keep giving silly goals away like we are at present.’
    • ‘We gave a bad goal away minutes before half-time and ended up chasing the game in the second half.’
    • ‘In the space of 20 seconds he gives the ball away carelessly twice.’
    • ‘They work hard for each other and don't give many goals away.’
    • ‘They will give the ball away at times, concede ground and, more importantly, concede goals.’
    • ‘We took the lead through a penalty and the lad who gave the penalty away was lucky not to have been sent off.’
  • 3NZ Australian Stop doing something.

    ‘he'd given away some of the things he got up to’
    • ‘The doctors told him to give up cigarettes and told him also to give the grog away.’
    • ‘He's hoping his mother and sister will also give the smokes away.’
    • ‘The show is such a part of my life, and I can't see myself giving it away anytime soon.’
    • ‘If you really want to be a singer then give the smokes away now.’
    abstain, refrain, forbear, hold back, keep
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