give someone away

BETRAY, inform on; informal split on, rat on, peach on, do the dirty on, blow the whistle on, sell down the river; Brit. informal grass on, shop; N. Amer. informal rat out, finger; Austral./NZ informal dob on; English Law turn Queen's/King's evidence.
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1) reveal the true identity of someone

his strangely shaped feet gave him away

reveal information that incriminates someone
2) hand over a bride ceremonially to her bridegroom as part of a wedding ceremony

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • give someone away — give (someone/something) away to tell or show something that is private or secret. She didn t want us to know she was upset, but the look on her face gave her away. I haven t seen the movie yet, so don t give away the ending. Usage notes: said… …   New idioms dictionary

  • give someone away — 1》 inadvertently reveal incriminating information about someone. 2》 hand over a bride ceremonially to her bridegroom. → give …   English new terms dictionary

  • give someone away — Syn: betray, inform on; informal split on, rat on; Brit.; informal grass on, shop; N.Amer.; informal finger; Austral. / NZ; informal dob in …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • give something away — give (someone/something) away to tell or show something that is private or secret. She didn t want us to know she was upset, but the look on her face gave her away. I haven t seen the movie yet, so don t give away the ending. Usage notes: said… …   New idioms dictionary

  • give sth away — UK US give sth away Phrasal Verb with give({{}}/ɡɪv/ verb [I or T] (past tense gave, past participle given) ► to provide or offer something to someone for free: »We re giving away thousands of free DVDs if you spend over $50! »He gave over half… …   Financial and business terms

  • give someone the elbow — british informal phrase to end your relationship with someone Thesaurus: to end a friendship or relationshipsynonym Main entry: elbow * * * give (someone) the elbow Brit informal : to end a …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone or something a wide berth — give (someone or something) a wide berth : to avoid or stay away from (someone or something) I could see that she was in a bad mood, so I gave her a wide berth. • • • Main Entry: ↑berth give (someone or something) a wide berth see ↑berth, 1 • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone the chop — give (someone) the chop Brit informal : to take someone s job away His boss gave him the chop. [=his boss fired him; his boss gave him the ax] • • • Main Entry: ↑chop …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone the slip — (informal) ESCAPE FROM, get away from, evade, dodge, elude, lose, shake off, throw off (the scent), get clear of. → slip * * * give someone the slip To escape from someone, usu by cunning • • • Main Entry: ↑slip * * * give someone the slip… …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone the Spanish archer — Vrb phrs. To dismiss, to sack. A pun on the Spanish archer being called El Bow, thus give someone the elbow (dismiss someone). E.g. I found out she was having it away with the milkman, so I gave her the old spanish archer …   English slang and colloquialisms


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