One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a Church living or official appointment) in the power of (someone) to award.‘nine seats in parliament were now in his gift’
- ‘All that she needs to do is appoint judges as part-timers, and then it is in her gift to convert them to full-timers, as and when a vacancy occurs, so that there are no more vacancies for some time.’
- ‘He has 12 cabinet positions to give out, and a further 15 junior ministries in his gift, a total of 27 positions.’
- ‘The type of honours he was bandying about are generally not even in the gift of politicians.’
- ‘Membership of Parliament was largely in the gift of the rich.’
- ‘The spokeswoman said: ‘It is entirely in the gift of the Queen.’’
- ‘Labour delegates have it in their gift today to hold their leaders to account and uphold the cause of peace and self-determination.’
- ‘It's something he has had to deal with but, then, it is in his gift to do so.’
- ‘This appointment was largely in the gift of the Lord Advocate himself.’
- ‘To the consumer including the haulier and the farmer it is clear that if the price of crude oil is not in the gift of the government, the tax element is, and, therefore, they could change it.’
- ‘The row began when the church questioned whether the Queen had ever bestowed the highest honour in her gift, the Order of the Thistle, on a Catholic.’
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