Definition of give something away in US English:

give something away

phrasal verb

  • Reveal something secret or concealed.

    • ‘They gave things away, told secrets like a six year old everyone is constantly trying to shut up.’
    • ‘Beth cut him off before he could give their secret away.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't want to give it away, it's a trade secret, but beeswax is good,’ said Peter.’
    • ‘Without giving any secrets away or anticipating the future, do you see the current structure continuing when the two organisations come together in 2005?’
    • ‘I'm not going to give our game-plan away but we are going to be ready for a big, tough encounter.’
    • ‘I felt bad for giving the secret away in case he was uncomfortable with sharing, but at least his mother and my aunt understood…’
    • ‘The Prince asked Mrs Throup about the secret recipe but she told him: ‘I'm afraid we never give our secrets away.’’
    reveal, disclose, divulge, let slip, leak, let out
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