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A present given with the expectation of receiving an equivalent in return; (now chiefly) a present given and then demanded back. [Now chiefly depreciative and often considered offensive.]
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hutchinson (bap. 1698, d. 1769), classical scholar.
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