Definition of have to hand it to someone in English:

have to hand it to someone

phrase

informal
  • Used to acknowledge the merit or achievement of someone.

    ‘I've got to hand it to you—you've got the magic touch’
    • ‘‘You have to hand it to him… he's got it whatever it is,’ they muttered, without even a hint of begrudgery.’
    • ‘If it's true, and the Republicans have managed to completely change the meaning of that term, then you really have to hand it to them.’
    • ‘Maybe we were not on top of our game but you just have to hand it to them.’
    • ‘Observers have been noting for a while that Crossmolina have lost some of their pep, and that is undoubtedly true and understandable, but you have to hand it to them, they keep on grinding out the results nevertheless.’
    • ‘For all the bile that's been spilled this year about WFF, I do have to hand it to them, they collected well over 300 movies, and many of them do look intriguing.’
    • ‘You have to hand it to them: those Scots get everywhere.’
    • ‘You have to hand it to them - there's a certain level of demented beauty to it all.’
    • ‘And I have to hand it to them, they really did a great job in there.’
    • ‘You have to hand it to him: nobody expected that!’
    • ‘It's difficult for non-Catholics to concede anything to Catholics on some of their church's main precepts, but you have to hand it to them for hanging on to the Latin.’