One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to refer to someone's last remaining possessions.‘he had fled to France with nothing but the shirt on his back’
- ‘And Afghans themselves are very generous hosts; they would give you the shirt off their back if they felt you needed it.’
- ‘He learned that if he took the shirt off your back and showed you the blood of children in the fabric, people would snap alert.’
- ‘‘He was the best… he would give you his heart and soul, he'd give you the shirt off his back or a coat to a stranger,’ said his father Eamonn yesterday with a justifiable pride in his voice.’
- ‘He's a guy who would literally give you the shirt off his back and he has two beautiful children.’
- ‘He'd give you anything, including the shirt off his back, if you asked him.’
- ‘About what a good person he is to have as a friend, and how he would give anyone, even his worst enemy, the shirt off his back.’
- ‘They've treated everybody fairly, and they will give you the shirt off their back.’
- ‘He was a tough ole cowboy who would give you the shirt off his back.’
- ‘A Scorpio will gladly give you the shirt off their back if you need it, but you may get the slightest inkling that they have an ulterior motive for doing so.’
- ‘He'd give anyone the shirt off his back if he thought they needed it.’
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