One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Give as a gift.‘he had made a present of a hacienda to the president’
- ‘If you are thinking of buying this perfect literary gift, I suggest you make a present of it to yourself.’
- ‘With five outlets to choose from it won't be too difficult to find something to suit all tastes not to mention making a present of something which will be helping the Developing World and its farmers and producers.’
- ‘To make a gift of something to someone is to make a present of some part of oneself.’
- ‘He told her that he doubted whether any real lady would make a present of pajamas to a gentleman.’
- ‘In about half the forest areas, as in the Forest of Dean, they also owned the woodland within the royal forests, and to be able to make a present of the rare timbers large enough to build ships and houses gave them further influence.’
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