Meaning of GIVE in English

GIVE

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a witness gives evidence

Child witnesses gave evidence using closed circuit television cameras.

abandon/give up an attempt

They had to abandon their attempt to climb the mountain.

abandon/give up your plans

The city authorities have abandoned their plans to host the Super Bowl.

abandon/give up/drop a pretence (= stop pretending that you are doing something or that something is true )

Maria had abandoned any pretence of having faith of any kind long ago.

add/give flavour

Herbs add flavor to a salad.

add/give/bring a new etc dimension to sth

Digital cameras have added a new dimension to photography.

at a given moment (= at any particular time )

There was no variety at all - you knew exactly what you would be doing at any given moment of the week.

award/give (a team) a penalty

The referee awarded Bradford a penalty in the final minute.

be given/awarded custody (= be legally allowed to have it )

The court will decide who will be given custody.

be granted/given bail

Magistrates adjourned the case until June 9 and Smith was granted bail.

gave a...gasp

She gave a little gasp and clutched George’s hand.

gave chase (= chased it )

Police spotted the car and gave chase .

gave freely

She gave freely to charity.

gave...a big build-up

The presenter gave her a big build-up .

gave...a drubbing

Ireland gave England a drubbing at Twickenham.

gave...a fright

You gave me such a fright creeping up on me like that!

gave...a lift

John gave me a lift home.

gave...a makeover

It’s time we gave the kitchen a makeover .

gave...a running commentary

She gave us a running commentary on what was happening in the street.

gave...a scare

You really gave us a scare !

gave...a whack

She gave the ball a whack .

gave...a wink

He gave her a wink .

gave...a yank

He gave the rope a yank .

gave...absolution

Pope Leo gave him absolution.

gave...assent

Parliament gave its assent to war.

gave...blast

The station master gave a blast on his whistle and we were off.

gave...clout

He gave him a clout round the ear.

gave...entrée

My family name gave me an entrée into upper class Boston society.

gave...hug

Paul gave me a big hug .

gave...impetus to

The discovery gave fresh impetus to the research.

gave...massage

Joan gave me a gentle neck massage .

gave...moan

She gave a little moan of pleasure.

gave...nip

His dog gave me a painful nip on the leg.

gave...nod

I showed the doorman my card and he gave a friendly nod .

gave...nudge

Hannah gave me a gentle nudge .

gave...ovation

Fans gave the rock group a thunderous ovation .

gave...pat

Mrs Dodd gave the child a pat on the head.

gave...peck on the cheek

He gave her a quick peck on the cheek .

gave...pep talk

Alam gave the Pakistani team a pep talk .

gave...pointers

Ralph gave me some pointers on my golf swing.

gave...pull

He gave her a sharp pull forward.

gave...rinse

I gave my hands a quick rinse .

gave...scratch

He brushed his hair and gave his scalp a good scratch .

gave...scrub

I gave the floor a good scrub .

gave...send-off

The department gave Tom a send-off he won’t forget!

gave...shout

Tom gave a shout of laughter when he saw them.

gave...shower

We gave a shower for Beth.

gave...shudder

The building gave a sudden shudder .

gave...sidelong glance

He gave Oliver a sidelong glance .

gave...slap

Julia gave Roy a slap on the cheek.

gave...sniff

She gave a loud sniff .

gave...snort

He gave a loud snort .

gave...squeeze

Marty gave her hand a little squeeze .

gave...the brush-off

She gave him the brush-off.

gave...the lowdown

Ryan gave me the lowdown on the meeting.

gave...undertaking

Both organizations gave an undertaking to curb violence among their members.

gave...wedgie

He gave me a wedgie .

get/be given a hero’s welcome (= be treated as a hero when you arrive somewhere )

The team were given a hero’s welcome when they returned to the city.

get/be given an airing

an issue that wasn’t given an airing during the campaign

give a broadcast

The Prime Minister gave a television broadcast to the country at 10:15.

give a cheer

So let’s give a cheer to the kids who passed their exams.

give a command ( also issue a command formal )

The General gave the command to open fire.

give a commentary

His job is to give a non-stop commentary on each moment in the game.

give a commitment

The government gave a commitment to withdraw all its forces.

give a cry

The woman looked up and gave a cry of fear.

give a definition

Can you give me a definition of 'psychology'?

give a feast

He gave a feast to which all the villagers were invited.

give a fillip to

A cut in lending rates would give a fillip to the housing market.

give a forecast

Economists gave an upbeat forecast for the world economy.

give a giggle (= to laugh )

She gave a little giggle.

give a grin

Bill read the letter and gave a sudden grin.

give a lecture ( also deliver a lecture formal )

She gave a fascinating lecture on crime in the 1800s.

He delivered the lecture at the London School of Economics.

give a performance

Samuel Jackson gives a terrific performance as Elijah.

give a reason

No reason was given for the change.

give a report (= make a report, usually a spoken one )

He came to the office to give his report in person.

give a scream

She gave a scream of delight.

give a statement (= make a statement, especially to the police )

He gave a statement to the police.

give a warning

He slammed on the brakes without giving any warning.

give an account

Marshall gave the police his account of how the fight started.

give an estimate

The builder gave me an estimate of £10,000.

give an excuse

I'll have to give my boss some kind of excuse.

give an explanation

The police gave no explanation for their actions.

give an impression

Her speech definitely gave the impression that she was enthusiastic about the project.

give away a secret (= tell it to someone carelessly or by mistake )

I had to be careful not to give away any secrets.

give away sb’s identity (= accidentally reveal it )

The thief gave away his identity by mistake.

give credence to sth (= to believe or accept something as true )

I don’t give any credence to these rumors.

give details

Our price list gives details of special offers.

give emphasis to sth

Since league tables were introduced, schools have given even greater emphasis to exam results.

give evidence (= tell a court about what you have seen or know to be true )

Ms White has agreed to give evidence at their trial.

give expression to sth formal (= express something )

In the book, he gives expression to his political ideals.

give generously

Please give generously to the refugee fund.

give good/excellent etc service (= work well and last a long time )

Steel tools give good service for years.

give in to a threat (= do what something wants you to do after they threaten you )

The government is not going to give in to terrorist threats.

give in to an urge (= do what you feel you want to do, when this is wrong )

I try not to give in to the urge to gossip.

give in to temptation (= do what you feel you want to do )

Be strong – don’t give in to temptation.

give in/hand in an essay

Half the class failed to hand in their essay on time.

give it a go (= try to do something )

I’d thought about it for some time and decided to give it a go .

give it a try informal

If your instinct is telling you to give it a try, then go ahead.

give it some wellie

You need to give it some wellie .

give lessons (= teach lessons )

She made a living giving private lessons in English.

give medication ( also administer medication formal )

Teachers are not allowed to administer medication.

give notice

To withdraw money from this type of savings account, you must give the bank 30 days’ notice.

give off a smell (= produce a smell )

Rubber gives off a strong smell when it is burned.

give off radiation ( also emit radiation formal ) (= produce it )

The lamps emit ultra-violet radiation.

give particulars

You may be required to give particulars of the change in your financial position.

give permission ( also grant sb permission formal )

The city authorities gave permission for the rally to take place.

In 1961, he was granted permission to emigrate to Israel.

give primacy to

We must give primacy to education.

give priority to sb/sth

The hospital always gives priority to emergency cases.

give publicity to sth

Much publicity was given to their allegations in the British press.

give rise to difficulties formal (= cause them )

The stormy weather gave rise to difficulties for many of the competitors in the yacht race.

give sb a base

The training gives you a broad base in actually running an organization.

give sb a bashing

They gave him a real bashing.

give sb a bath

He's upstairs giving the baby a bath.

give sb a big hand (= clap loudly )

give sb a big hug/kiss

Mama gave me a big hug.

give sb a bite

Some fish can give you a nasty bite.

give sb a bribe

They issued passports to people who gave them bribes.

give sb a call (= phone someone )

I’ll give him a call later today.

give sb a chance of doing sth (= say how likely it is that they will do it )

He has been given a fifty-fifty chance of being fit for Sunday’s match.

give sb a cheque

Can I give you a cheque, or would you prefer cash?

give sb a choice

Her doctor gave her a choice: take medicine or lose weight.

give sb a clap British English

Come on everyone, let’s give Tommy a clap.

give sb a contract

He was given a new two-year contract in March.

give (sb) a description

She was unable to give the police a description of her attacker.

give (sb) a diagnosis

They'll be able to give me a diagnosis when they get the results of the tests.

give (sb) a discount

Many theatres give discounts to students.

give sb a dose

A nurse came in to give me a dose of antibiotics.

give sb a feeling

My work gives me a feeling of achievement.

give sb a gift

We gave her a gift on her birthday.

give sb a handshake

She introduced herself and gave Annie a handshake.

give sb a headache

The music was starting to give him a headache.

give (sb) a hint

Come on, what is it? Give me a hint.

give sb a kiss

I always give the kids a kiss before they go to school.

Come and give Mummy a kiss good night.

give sb a loan

I hoped to persuade my bank manager to give us a loan.

give sb a look

Mike gave him such a severe look he didn’t dare argue.

give sb a mandate

He hoped that signs of economic recovery would persuade voters to give him a mandate in the election.

give sb a medal

He was given a medal for his courageous actions.

give sb a message (= from someone else )

Just give him the message.

give sb a name

They gave their children unusual names.

give sb a part

Why did they give Sinatra the part?

give (sb) a perspective

A break might give her a better perspective on things.

give sb a prescription

Dr. Kleinert gave me a prescription for some sleeping tablets.

give sb a present

He gave everyone a present.

give (sb) a prize ( also award (sb) a prize formal )

A prize will be given for the best-decorated egg.

Four years later he was awarded the Erasmus Prize.

give sb a punch

He gave me a punch on the nose.

give sb a punishment

He deserved the punishment he was given.

The teacher may impose reasonable punishments.

give sb a ride

Ellie gave us a ride to school.

give sb a role

Health experts should be given a key role in developing the correct procedures.

give sb a sense of sth

The job gave her a sense of control over her life.

give sb a shock

Oh, you gave me quite a shock.

give (sb) a smile

The boy gave a friendly smile.

give sb a stare

Doyle gave her a long stare.

give (sb) a story

I had the feeling that she wasn't giving me the full story.

give sb a surprise

She wanted to give him a surprise.

give sb a test

The students were given a reading test.

give sb a thrill

It gave me a big thrill to meet him.

give sb a tip

He gave me some tips on how to improve my game.

give sb a tip

Kim gave the driver a tip.

give sb a visa ( also grant sb a visa formal )

She has been granted a special visa.

give sb a welcome

The Queen was given a decent welcome by the crowd.

give sb ammunition/provide sb with ammunition

His mistakes provided political opponents with even more ammunition.

give sb an advantage

His height gives him a big advantage.

give sb an answer

I’ll give you an answer tomorrow.

give sb an appetite ( also stimulate your appetite formal )

The exercise and fresh air had given us an appetite.

The aroma of the herbs and spices helps stimulate the appetite.

give sb an award

The award is given each year to the best new artist.

give (sb) an example

Let me give you an example of how this might happen.

give sb an idea

What gave you the idea for the book?

give sb an injection

The nurse gave him an injection.

give sb an interview (= interview someone )

We gave her an interview, but decided not to offer her the job.

give sb an invitation ( also issue/extend an invitation formal )

He has issued an invitation to the Chinese president to come to Washington.

give sb an outline

The leaflet gives you an outline of the Party's main policies.

give sb an outlook

June's new job gave her a fresh outlook.

give sb an ultimatum

My boss gave me an ultimatum: get better results or find another job.

give (sb) assistance

Our staff can give assistance with any problems that may arise.

give (sb) comfort

It was impossible to give her any comfort.

give sb confidence

I had really good teachers who gave me a lot of confidence in myself.

give sb directions

Luke's given me directions to his house.

give sb encouragement

My father always gave us a lot of encouragement.

give sb exceptional leave to do sth formal (= give someone special permission to do something )

Two of the asylum seekers were given exceptional leave to stay in Britain.

give sb hassle (= make someone experience problems )

Did the teacher give you any hassle about that homework?

give sb help

Do you want me to give you some help?

give (sb) help

The fund was set up to give financial help to war veterans.

give (sb) homework ( also set (sb) homework British English )

The teacher gave them some homework to do by Monday.

give (sb) joy

His music has given people a lot of joy over the years.

give sb opportunity

The children should be given the opportunity to make their own choices.

give (sb) pleasure

Over the years, painting has given me a lot of pleasure.

give sb poison

She admitted two charges of giving poison to her daughter.

give sb praise

Give your dog plenty of praise when it behaves well.

give sb some advice

My father once gave me some useful advice.

The scheme has given advice and training to scores of youngsters taking part.

give sb sth for Christmas

What can I give Dad for Christmas?

give sb the come-on (= do something to show you are sexually interested in someone )

give sb the edge (= give someone a small advantage )

I hope my qualifications and experience will give me the edge.

give sb the giggles (= make someone laugh )

The way he was waving his arms around gave us the giggles.

give sb the lead (= make someone be in the lead )

A goal in the 10th minute gave England the lead.

give sb their deposit back

When I left, the landlord refused to give me my deposit back.

give sb their money back ( also refund sb’s money ) (= give money back to a customer )

We regret that we are unable to refund money on tickets.

give sb treatment

He was given treatment at a local hospital.

give sb your address

She refused to give me her address.

give (sb) your consent

The child’s parents have to give their consent to the operation.

give (sb) your name (= tell someone your name, especially someone in an official position )

I gave my name to the receptionist.

give sb/get a dressing-down

The tobacco companies got a severe dressing-down.

give (sb)/get the all clear

We’ve got the all clear for the new project.

give sb/get/have a head start

Give your children a head start by sending them to nursery school.

give sb/offer/provide a chance

I was given the chance to play the main part in the play.

Sport provides a chance for you to get outside with friends.

give sb/provide the facts

Newspapers have a duty to give their readers the facts.

give sb/provide training

Employees should also be given adequate training in fire safety precautions.

give sb/sth a bad name (= make someone or something have a bad reputation )

A scandal like this could give the university a bad name.

give sb/sth a bad name

These annoying tourists give all Americans a bad name.

give sb/sth a rating

I'd only give this PC a rating of two out of five.

give sb/sth a warm etc reception

Opposition parties gave the proposals a lukewarm reception.

give sb/sth credibility

There's enough evidence to give credibility to this theory.

give sth a check

I’d like you to give the car a careful check.

give sth a kick

The door was stuck; he gave it a kick.

give sth a taste

The spices gave the bread a rather interesting taste.

give sth as a present

I was given this book as a present.

give sth consideration

It’s an interesting idea and I’ll give it some consideration.

give sth coverage

In the west, the story wasn't given any media coverage.

give sth momentum (= make something become more successsful )

The agreement was small, but it gave new momentum to the talks.

give sth to charity

I like to give a small amount of what I earn to charity.

give sth to sb for their birthday

I never know what to give him for his birthday.

give sth/sb a glance

He gave Imran a quick glance.

give sth/sb a tap

She gave the dog a gentle tap with her umbrella.

give sth/sb a … appearance

His uniform gave him an official appearance.

give sth/sb your attention (= think about sth/sb so that you can deal with a problem )

She promised to give the matter her attention the next day.

give thanks (= thank God )

Let us give thanks for the beauty of the world.

give your life/lay down your life (= die in order to save other people, or because of a strong belief )

These men gave their lives during the war to keep us free.

give (your) support ( also lend (your) support formal )

The American people gave him their enthusiastic support.

The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has lent his support to the campaign.

give your view (= say what you think )

He did not hesitate to give his own views on the subject.

give...a boost

Add a little more vanilla, to give the flavor a boost .

give...a cutting edge

The team are relying on Gregg to give them a cutting edge .

give...a second chance

I just want to give these kids a second chance .

Give...a wipe,

Give the baby’s nose a wipe, would you?

give...an airing

Put your houseplants outside to give them an airing.

give/award sb a grant

If you have been awarded a grant, you must send the details to the university.

give/award sb a point

I was awarded 17 points out of 20.

give...bother

Are you sure the station is on your way? I don’t want to give you any extra bother .

give...breathing room

This deal should give the company some extra breathing room before its loans are due.

give...brush

I’ll just give my hair a quick brush .

give/create an illusion

The mirrors in the room gave an illusion of greater space.

give...cuddle

Come over here and let me give you a cuddle .

give/do a concert

The group gave concerts for charity throughout Europe.

give/donate blood (= provide blood from your body for the medical treatment of other people )

The Health Service is asking for more people to donate blood.

give/express an opinion (= say what your opinion is )

He gave his opinion only when asked.

give...feedback

Try to give each student some feedback on the task.

give/go into/provide etc specifics

Thurman was reluctant to go into specifics about the deal.

give/grant approval

Congress gave final approval on October 8.

give/grant sb a reprieve

The US Supreme Court voted against granting Smith a reprieve against giving him one .

give/grant sb leave

He was given compassionate leave.

give...indication

Could you give me some indication as to when I am likely to receive a reply?

give/issue an order

Do not fire until I give the order.

give...leeway

Try to give teenagers more leeway to make their own decisions.

give/lend/offer etc sb a helping hand

She’s been giving me a helping hand with the children.

give/let out a laugh

She gave a loud laugh.

give/let out a shriek

Ella let out a piercing shriek.

give/let out a sigh

She let out a sigh of disappointment.

give/let out a yelp of pain/dismay/surprise etc

The water was hotter than she had expected, and she gave an involuntary yelp.

give...lip

Don’t give me any of your lip !

give/make a speech

She gave a speech at the party conference.

given a fair crack of the whip

They feel they haven’t been given a fair crack of the whip .

given carte blanche

The new manager will be given carte blanche as long as she can increase the company’s profits.

given first aid

Being given first aid at the scene of the accident probably saved his life.

given half a chance

Many kids would sleep till noon given half a chance .

given name

given precedence

Safety must be given precedence .

given the chance/given half a chance (= if there is an opportunity to do something )

Goats will eat anything, given half a chance.

given the chance/given half a chance (= if there is an opportunity to do something )

Goats will eat anything, given half a chance.

given the choice (= if you had a choice )

Given the choice, I probably wouldn’t work.

given the constraints on sth (= because there are particular constraints on something )

Given the constraints on space in the city, most people live in tiny apartments.

given the thumbs up

The project was finally given the thumbs up .

given...a jolt

The oil crisis has given the government quite a jolt .

given...black eye

Jack looked like someone had given him a black eye .

given...facelift

The new owner had given the pub a facelift .

given...seal of approval

A number of employers have already given their seal of approval to the scheme.

given...the sack

They’ve never actually given anyone the sack .

give/offer credit (= allow customers to buy things on credit )

A business may lose customers if it does not give credit.

give/offer hope

The research has given hope to thousands of sufferers of the disease.

give/offer sb an incentive

If you want people to change their behaviour, it's a good idea to offer them some kind of incentive.

give/offer sb an option

Some employees were given the option of retiring early.

Buyers will usually be offered the option of paying in instalments.

give/offer sb employment

He was offered employment in the company’s main office.

give/offer/provide reassurance

They are offering practical help and reassurance.

give...positive reinforcement

We need to give students plenty of positive reinforcement .

give/preach/deliver a sermon (on sth)

The vicar gave a sermon on charity.

give...prod

Why don’t you ring the shop and give them a prod ?

give/provide a picture

Her book gives us an interesting picture of ordinary people’s homes at the time.

give/provide a sample

He said he had once fainted when giving a sample of blood.

give/provide an education

The school aims to provide a good general education.

give/provide information

a booklet giving information about local education services

give/provide protection ( also offer/afford protection formal )

One dose of the vaccine provides protection against TB during childhood.

They say they are afforded no protection whatsoever by the security forces.

give/provide shelter

The trees gave shelter from the wind.

give/provide/offer an overview

The report provides an overview of the recent policy changes.

give...push

If the door’s stuck, just give it a push .

give...quotation

Ask the builder to give you a written quotation for the job.

give...refund

They refused to give me a refund .

gives...a buzz

Playing well gives me a buzz .

give/seek/receive an assurance (that)

He gave an assurance that the work would be completed by Wednesday.

gives...guidelines

This chapter gives you some guidelines to help you in your work.

Give...shake

Give the bottle a good shake before use.

Give...shove

Give the door a good shove .

gives...insight

The article gives us a real insight into the causes of the present economic crisis.

Give...soak

Give the towels a good soak , they’re very dirty.

gives...snapshot

The book gives us a snapshot of life in the Middle Ages.

gives...the old one-two

Ali gives his opponent the old one-two , and it’s all over.

Give...stir

Give that pan a stir , will you?

give...the divine right to

Being my wife doesn’t give you the divine right to read my mail.

give...the last rites

A priest came to give him the last rites .

give...thrashing

I’ll give you the thrashing you deserve.

giving...crap (= saying bad things )

I’m tired of you giving me crap about my long hair.

giving...prod

‘Go on,’ he whispered, giving me a prod in the back.

giving...spiel

A salesman started giving us a spiel about life insurance.

giving...the willies

All this talk about ghosts is giving me the willies .

grant/give sb a pardon

Tyler was convicted but was granted a royal pardon one given by a king or queen .

grant/give sb clemency

She was granted clemency after killing her violent husband.

hand/pass/give/send out a leaflet

Students were handing out election leaflets at the station.

has given...blessing to

The Defense Department has given its blessing to the scheme.

have a baby/give birth to a baby

She had the baby at home.

Sue gave birth to a baby boy.

It gives me great pleasure (= I am very pleased )

It gives me great pleasure to introduce tonight’s speaker.

I’ll give you three guesses (= used to tell someone that it should be easy for them to guess the answer to their question )

‘Where is he?’ ‘I’ll give you three guesses.’

kindly offer/agree/give etc

Mr Nunn has kindly agreed to let us use his barn for the dance.

lead to/prompt/give rise to speculation (= result in it )

This development led to speculation that she was about to resign.

let out/give a yell

She let out a yell when she saw me.

lose/give up/abandon hope (= stop hoping )

After so long without any word from David, Margaret was starting to lose hope.

make/give a donation (= give money )

He made a large donation to Cancer Research.

make/give a pledge

Several European countries made similar pledges.

make/give a presentation

I’m going to ask each of you to make a short presentation.

not giving up my day job

I’d love to be a professional writer, but I’m not giving up my day job just yet.

pay/give sb a compliment

He was always paying her compliments.

provide/give proof

You will be required to provide proof of your identity.

receive/be given/get recognition

Younger women artists are now getting wider recognition.

return/give/announce/deliver a verdict (= officially say what a verdict is )

The inquest jury returned a verdict of 'unlawful killing'.

send/give out a signal

The use of the army sends out a clear signal to protesters that their actions will not be tolerated.

set/give sb a task

I was given the task of writing the chairman's speech.

sth gives you courage (= makes you feel that you have courage )

My mother nodded, which gave me the courage to speak up.

sth gives/brings sb satisfaction

To have won both awards in the same year gives us great satisfaction.

Yet children also bring immense rewards and satisfaction.

stop/quit/give up smoking

I gave up smoking nearly ten years ago.

take it as read/given (= assume that something is correct or certain, because you are sure that this is the case )

It isn’t official yet, but you can take it as read that you’ve got the contract.

take/give a bow (= bow to the audience at the end of a performance )

The music ended and the girl took a bow.

He gave a final bow just as the curtains came down.

throw/give a party (= organize it )

Staff threw a party to celebrate the news.

to give...due (= to be fair to him )

Freddy, to give him his due , always tried to be honest.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

away

It costs 99p for 275g from major supermarkets, but we have 1,000 vouchers, plus recipe booklets, to give away .

They lost because they simply gave away the third quarter in a thorough display of immaturity and sloppiness.

Pallister was responsible for one goal and Ince gave away the free kick for the other.

Taking a page from the Netscape playbook, Microsoft is giving away key pieces of Internet software.

We've got 24 copies to give away .

Insurers learned that the state regulators would, during the panic, give away the store in rate increases.

If you do, you give away your age.

Microsoft also gives away its own Web browser, the Internet Explorer.

in

In the end I gave in and reluctantly mounted the narrow stairs.

But we held him firmly throughout, and at last he gave in and told me all I wished to know.

When I glanced at Terri, I saw that she too had given in to her customary narcoleptic state.

She felt a shrinking in herself, the old pathetic readiness to give in quietly.

Table 14, and body weights are given in Append.

Several people took to squatting on the floor with shoes removed, having given in to the weight of their metallic dresses.

But he wouldn't give in !

If this was what you chose, then you had to give in to it.

up

He'd given up woodwork, having driven a splinter through his thumbnail.

I tried to count all the glaciers and gave up at 30.

After three days searching, I gave up .

No one knew exactly what inspired her elliptic comments, and her relations had long since given up trying to interpret them.

Magnus grew fat on brown wholemeal scraps and Gina gave up trying to keep him away.

The parish clergy had to give up their concubines and accept a higher degree of accountability for performance of their duties.

Eva gave up learning Urdu and listening to sitar music at breakfast.

I gave up on the pigpen.

■ NOUN

account

Herodotos gives mainly an account of single ships' actions; he adds details, but gives no overall picture.

And yes, giving Jeff the Candice account will free up Mike and Terry.

Edward, invited to give an account of himself and be frank about it, did so.

Taylor would later give contradictory accounts of just how long he worked at the lathe before being named gang boss.

And it gives a rudimentary account of how I can do this.

Old Jack gave a fair account of himself with an ample ton.

However, the orchestra gave a vigorous account of the work with a truly thrilling end.

The detailed history in the previous chapters has given an account of Ian Paisley's personal combination of religion and politics.

advice

The building control officer will usually give advice in this area and careful layout and design can usually maximise site usage.

He is now preparing information for distribution to commercial rose growers and to retail nurseries to give advice on controlling the pests.

The next tactic they use is to give us advice .

The Hon. Gentleman should perhaps speak to some of his own colleagues who gave me that advice .

An accompanying booklet gives advice on timber selection, and how timber can be harvested locally at minimal cost.

Suppose when the White House Detail asks for Harry it isn't to give evidence, but advice ?

For strict conventionalism gives only the negative advice that judges must not pretend to be deciding such cases on legal grounds.

He or she is best placed to give you legal advice , and to liaise with the other professional agencies involved.

answer

Clearly we can not as yet give a definitive answer to this question.

Besides, I was not at all sure that she had given a negative answer to my question.

He has a reputation for taking on issues other politicians avoid and for giving frank answers .

At home we were soon given the answer to a question which had been puzzling us: Who had saved us?

Johnson gave his answer in a speech on April 7, 1965, at Johns Hopkins University.

You just have to give a straight answer .

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer , do.

attention

These dimensions will be given particular attention in the revision process.

He wobbles back and forth between the two, giving neither the attention it deserves.

But as a synthesizer, he is worth giving more attention than history has accorded him so far.

As his most recently departed boyfriend I thought he would at last give me the attention I deserved.

Minor offences are being given the greatest attention with no extra funds and with no obvious benefit.

In the years after the first outbreak in the United States, polio was given little attention .

The fact that in practice logistic problems in public libraries are not given enough attention is noted above.

Comrade leaders at all levels, you must give it your full attention .

boost

No doubt the chancellor, Gordon Brown, will give it a boost just before the election.

But the deal gives Apple a psychological boost and some breathing room.

When people join a slimming club they are, in effect, giving themselves a boost , a social reward for slimming.

It might just give the game the boost it needs over there.

Further cuts in government spending will be needed to give a promised new boost to industry.

Fishing industry lands a big boost Scarborough's fishing industry has been given a big boost thanks to shoals of scallops.

It should lead to a greater efficiency among the police and give a much-needed boost to the fight against crime.

We gave chase using extra boost and climbing to height of 16000.

chance

A thump close by gave me my chance .

What kind of work would give you the chance to see those dreams come true?

His brother was to be given a second chance .

I never gave them a chance for that, and besides, Dad would skin them alive.

Our prizes give you the chance to be penny foolish for once.

His two upcoming nominations will give the president a chance to change that.

This gave me a chance to check out the spectator balconies which overhang the two long sides of the water.

Those who have ever given fencing a chance up-close, probably realize that it always has been an entertaining event.

choice

We have also introduced a reform which will give people more choice as to who represents them legally in court.

I may even go so far as to say that I prefer cowards to heroes, given a choice .

The C A R E service gives a choice of five subscription schemes ranging from £69 to £30.

Only one in four said that, if given a choice , they would prefer to stay at home.

Would it be possible to give choices of title which indicate discourse type as well?

People already in Yosemite were given the choice of staying or being evacuated.

It's not as if I gave you much choice .

The firm takes as given the variety choice and pricing strategies of other firms in the industry.

confidence

Conversely, it is unrealistic to give a confidence unless the other person is prepared to reciprocate in confidence.

What are the opportunities you see out there that give you confidence you will succeed?

The more experienced may try Villa-Flotilla in Yalikavak, where high wind courses give the confidence needed to cope with choppy seas.

Now Helen, loving and admiring him, had given him the confidence he needed to be happy.

These gave them some confidence that they were indeed seeing neutrons from fusion, but they were by no means definitive.

It gives us the confidence to cope with other apparently insurmountable problems, knowing that we have excelled ourselves before. 3.

Shelter gives them the confidence to come out in the open.

He encourages; he gives the child confidence in himself.

consideration

It tells disabled job applicants that they will be given fair consideration based on their ability.

After the third, he became so concerned that he gave serious consideration to retirement.

I do hope you will give this opportunity serious consideration .

Dole also should give serious consideration to former Tennessee Gov.

The deputy judge gave very careful consideration to all the evidence to which I have referred.

It is true that they were exclusive, refusing to give any consideration to those outside their walls.

Since the value of the resulting output is highly dependent on these components, they should be given early and careful consideration .

Congress has on several occasions given extensive consideration to the problem of protecting the military and strategic secrets of the United States.

credit

What effect would not giving credit have on your sales, your cash flow and your profits? 4.

Others have been given credit as well.&038;.

You have to give Dole credit for his one stumble.

Dad felt he had treasures in his kids, and he had to give Maud some credit for that.

I give all the credit to Disney.

You have got to give him credit .

Because of his emphasis on their lawlike properties, however, Grimm is usually given credit for the discovery.

detail

Immigration officials said other foreign journalists would also be kicked out of the country, but they did not give details .

He gives no detail at all of what he said.

She did not expect Diana to tell her friends or for Morton to be given any more secret details about the royals.

He then wrote A Handbook of the Trip to Liverpool in which he gave every detail of the excursion.

The Ideal Home Decorating School gives you details of exclusive readers' courses that cover everything from paint effects to dried flowers.

Many manufacturers give details of how the pitch range of their models should be set up.

Eight cases from five hospitals were reported; the table gives details of these cases plus our case.

All I have to do is get a few facts, give them some colourful detail and write the script.

evidence

The Government almost always gives oral evidence .

We usually instruct doctors who specialise in producing medico-legal reports and who have proven themselves in giving evidence in the past.

The cops believe they have both participated in an alleged crime and wish to get one or both to give evidence .

He told journalists he had given false evidence at the trial.

Much of his defence consisted of friends giving evidence as to his quality of character.

Peter Sheldon was giving evidence at the trial of two nineteen year olds accused of killing Edinburgh student Paul Sheldon.

Ellis declined to give evidence yesterday.

example

Lord Greene M.R. gave the example of a teacher being dismissed because of red hair.

Roth gave as an example the Gulf War, which he said had spurred more reports of violence against Arabs.

Video Plan 19 gives two examples of viewing tasks for observation materials.

Ask the students to give you some examples of each.

To illustrate the wide variety of allowances and benefits contained within relocation policies, this chapter gives some examples from named firms.

In workshops, staff were given examples of a hotline call, and how the guidelines would apply.

Table 3.4 gives examples of disturbance allowances paid in 14 organisations.

In this chapter I will give examples of masculine and feminine positions from which a text can speak.

help

The changes included lowering taxes and giving extra help to the farming sector.

And he is given help in developing a program of rehabilitation.

Without thinking, she had promised to give any help that lay in her power.

If voters need help to properly complete the voting process, they should be given help when requested.

The social worker can give practical help and advice on all these tasks.

Interest rates continue to fall, giving crucial help to debtors, most of whose loans have variable rates.

They may also be able to tell you about local organisations which give practical help with gardening or decorating.

He wanted to give her help and support, but in practical terms there was none he could offer.

hope

The vast and easy background of Deer Forest gave hope to a future prospect of marriage.

They give hope and help to those in need and a sense of joy and self-worth to us.

In this way it gave the predator hope of an easy catch, something it could not resist.

Perhaps some structure can be given to that hope and speculation in the present.

We're not giving up hope .

Bitter and intelligent, Cindy has given up all hope of further appeals.

This is a message to them not to give up hope .

No one is giving up hope .

idea

That perhaps gives us some idea of what the regional taxation profile will look like.

To give you an idea what that means, 80 decibels is generated by a typical alarm clock.

Comparing the two could give a more accurate idea of how many visitors you're getting and where they're going.

It gives some idea of the cell / electrode arrangement and the random sampling of activity.

Again, a graphic character is substituted for each word to give a better idea of sentence complexity.

Undoubtedly, he had long ago given up the idea of walking.

And the recently discovered structure of atoms gave them the idea that they could make helium out of hydrogen.

This chart, from an Intelrun benchmark called Spec95, gives a rough idea of how the two chip families stack up.

impression

So the chief objective of Styled is to give you a visual impression of the text.

The report filed by General Bradley gave a similar impression .

Belly dark chestnut in summer, giving impression at any distance of a pale bird with dark crown and belly.

A thin, friendly man, he often gave the mistaken impression that nothing was too much trouble.

The general appearance of the holding, its grass, crops, and animals, give a valuable first impression .

I should hate to give the impression that my love for you is but thinly disguised lust.

Certainly didn't give the impression of having anything to hide.

These will turn your lights on and off automatically, giving the impression that your house is occupied.

indication

As usual he gave no indication about when he would be coming back, but nevertheless a relaxed atmosphere soon developed.

COMDEX/Fall, if nothing else, gives some indication of the way in which future developments are moving.

However, the figures do give an indication of the proportion of cases resolved by settlement rather than trial.

You may even be asked your shoe size, which is thought to give an indication of the size of your pelvis.

However, this does not give any indication as to how much the individual is handicapped by this problem.

The advertisement will give some indication of the objectives of the trust.

If this is correct, why was I not given any indication that this was a possibility?

It gives an indication of the effects this has on the volume of consumption and hence on employment rates in the country.

information

And he, Owen, had given him the information !

Communicating is an exchange-a giving and receiving of information .

Therefore amplified vibration on the skin gives only information about low-pitched sounds.

The snag is that online users are reluctant to give out information about themselves to Web sites.

They had been brought here to round up the escaped prisoners but fortunately no one was giving them any information .

The Health Education Authority gives people the information they need to look after themselves.

Our task is made easier if people give us as much information as possible when there has been an incident.

Colour me bad Please could you give me some information on Disco Fish.

instruction

An employer has a right to give reasonable instructions to an employee and to have a job completed by the employee.

The book gives fairly specific instructions to make choices in order to simply.

Melissa could not catch the words, but it appeared that Gebrec was giving instructions which Fernand appeared reluctant to carry out.

Walks in South Somerset gives full instructions and a detailed map for ten walks ranging from 2-1/2 to seven miles long.

The Work teachings give definite instructions about inner talking and how it can be combated or short-circuited.

Miss Gabriel offered to give instruction in First Aid.

The teacher would not necessarily give any instructions , suggestions, or help-but was just there, next to him.

laugh

Ashley gave a terse silent laugh .

The Woman unclenched her fists, gave a short laugh and sat down again.

He gave his laugh , his rich, his million-dollar laugh, reluctant, like all the most lovable laughter.

As soon as she saw this, she gave a delighted laugh , and pushed me out of the gate.

Lindsey gave a shaky laugh as he moved closer.

lead

It started well enough, with Dave Mitchell giving Town the lead midway through the first half.

On at least one issue, however, Baldwin failed to give any firm moderate lead .

Student protests, sweeping through the nation's campuses, gave a lead to the opponents of the war.

The crown also gave a lead in secular architecture.

The educative power of our academic institutions has never been lower: it is journalism that gives the lead .

lecture

Kurchatov visited Harwell and suggested that he might give a lecture on Soviet work into thermonuclear reactions in gas discharges.

Kenneth Ryan gives a lecture free to ticket holders one hour before the concerts.

Before the right hon. Gentleman starts to give lectures on borrowing, he should get his facts right.

Jim refused, but allowed Tom to give the adult education lecture on the Sunday before Christmas.

The abrasive new general brushed aside Stirling's request and proceeded to give him a lecture .

Tolkien could have given a lecture about all these at any time.

That does not mean giving up lectures .

look

Ron gave her a bad-tempered look .

My brother gave me a questioning look .

To give a harmonious look to the room, the living and dining areas have been decorated in the same style.

She gave Elmer a sympathetic look and went out.

The dark-haired vibrancer caught him staring and gave him a withering look .

The waitresses were giving us irritated looks .

He gave her a sharp look , but said nothing.

money

He remembered Anne laughing about how much fun it was to give away money they'd saved for retirement.

But I do not enjoy asking people to give me money .

It was soul-destroying to him but it gave him money for his wife and child.

No, she may give me her money and my legitimate heir, and that is all.

He tried to give you money .

Flaubert delighted in their presence and gave them money .

The best way to get attention is for women to raise a lot of money and give a lot of money.

name

The new pope was given the name Innocent by the archdeacon and invested with the scarlet mantle which signified his pontificate.

The white kid hesitated, so the black gave out both names .

Better not give any names unless you have to.

She started using her given name in the Western manner rather than her family name, Wei.

She had stupidly given him the name Marie and he had latched on to it.

Ultimately, the Democrats had to return $ 253, 000 given under the Kanchanalak name .

Our letter will give you the name , address and telephone number of the employee dealing with your complaint.

Why were they given such-and-such names for their age-groups?

notice

I was only given a few days' notice .

The Company is required by Section 376 to give shareholders notice of these resolutions.

I understand the Campaign for Real Ale Limited may change the amount only after giving me prior notice .

Instead they give players adequate notice of starting-times.

An employer who wants to dismiss an employee must give proper notice .

When Salomea tried to find another job, she was turned down because she had been given notice from her previous employment.

opportunity

Independent means gave her the opportunity to devote her life to social causes and world peace.

I believe the United States gave me the opportunity to win at the Barcelona Olympics.

Women are not given the opportunities because very often they are not up to the job.

We have been given a millennial opportunity in the Middle East.

However, vehicle owners will be given the opportunity to move or remove any such item beforehand.

He made no promise that he would name centrist, moderate Supreme Court justices if given the opportunity .

It was not till 1906 that a post as instructor at the École de Guerre gave him an opportunity .

Management here is aimed at giving pupils the opportunity to develop these characteristics.

performance

The highest quality food results can be achieved and the oven has been designed to give optimum performance in this function.

She tells me that unless you are in a state of tension you don't give your best performance .

A 0.61 engine gives superb performance .

The response on both left and right was that he gave a lacklustre performance .

picture

To give a full picture of this past is a daunting task, not within the scope of this book.

And so that gives a broader picture without quite as much detail.

Disclosure of the main standing Committees would thus give a partial picture only.

Written texts found in Crete give a picture of complex bureaucracy.

They used a thermal imaging camera which gives a picture like this of bodies on the ground.

First, you must decide on the sort of atmosphere that you wish to give your picture .

Table 3.1 gives a picture of the situation today in relation to social class and school attendance.

It is hard to give a precise picture of the extent of poverty in 1870, since no reliable statistics exist.

pleasure

And being organized did not give him pleasure .

Or perhaps just what is giving them the pleasure .

This is part of the life that we have created, and which gives us pleasure , support and autonomy.

May we give pleasure to other people by sharing our joy and happiness with them.

Nothing in the whole of her life had ever given her so much pleasure as this.

The flower arrangement from the Society is beautiful and will give pleasure and remembrance for a long time.

When she woke in the morning, it was to clear blue skies, and she gave a sigh of pleasure .

priority

It gives priority to economic co-operation, reconciliation, family reunions and government-level dialogue.

Sen claims it is essentially a matter of which variable is given priority that separates the major ethical systems and ideologies.

Politicians often claim that human life is beyond economic calculation and must be given absolute priority whatever the cost.

The Renaissance did not neglect scientific research, but it by no means gave it top priority .

The question arises whether some of our married quarters may be sold to housing associations who will give priority to service men.

And Gelbspan gives a good account of alternative-energy programs, which he urges be given greater funding priority .

Entering the Kingdom is by invitation only, and that invitation must be given top priority .

Another condition was that Margaret would allow her husband to give priority to his ministerial work.

reason

Explain why budgets may mean different things to different people within an organization, giving reasons .

She says she might oppose the final annexation plan if given enough reason .

They gave these as reasons under the anonymity of a questionnaire.

In Illinois, state law requires that a second-year probationary teacher be given notice of the reasons for nonrenewal.

In it she asked him to come home, but she did not give a reason .

None the less, a person who gives reasons is engaging in a valuable activity.

Leo had refused to give reasons for his belief.

Continental gives several reasons for rejecting Pirelli's advances.

smile

A few yards away, Anthea Darnell was just rising, giving Lee a charming smile .

He looked up and gave me a half smile .

Before disappearing through the brick arch she turned and gave him a final smile and a wave.

He gave me a hesitant smile .

She gave me a weak smile and a fluttery little wave.

Bob gives me a weak smile .

Inwardly he gave a world-weary smile .

She set the mugs down and gave me a quick smile on her way out.

support

Nevertheless, she did give outright support to the stand taken by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Moreover, those who have helped you plan your communication will give it their active support . 5.

I recently had some bad news and everyone helped me through it and gave me great support .

Finally, these decisions give support to a current mistaken view of the Constitution and the constitutional function of this Court.

The earliest Ottoman sources, the chronological lists, moreover, give some support for this statement.

The Texan stumbled badly in Louisiana, which gave most of its support to Buchanan.

These educational institutions suffer from very poor standards and give tacit or open support to the oligarchy.

The surety covenant is given as a support or buttress to covenants given by a tenant to a landlord.

thought

In all flow-visualization experiments it is necessary to give some thought as to what features of the flow are shown up.

I gave it some thought , and then I gave it some more thought.

The offended divinity gave not a thought to whether the youth had purposely insulted her or had come there in all innocence.

We must therefore give a lot of thought to publicity.

Even at the zenith of my passion for Carolyn, I gave no thought to leaving.

You need to give careful thought to any such stipulation before accepting it.

M University in Corpus Christi, is giving it some thought .

treatment

Horse behaviour is the latest subject to be given the Desmond Morris treatment .

The fish was neither as fresh nor as interesting, given its treatment , as it should have been.

Both Acts were to give uniform treatment to the many different forms of credit arrangement.

He was given the silent treatment during the wagon ride home.

Ethnicity is given more extended treatment in the following chapters.

Most give the matter glancing treatment , if that.

Its contract is to guarantee that the doctors consulted by members of the public are properly qualified and will give competent treatment .

warning

Before he could give a warning , the Doctor slammed on the brakes.

The authors give warning that the Government has drawn the wrong conclusions from its experience of the poll tax.

Mr Begg gave warning that the consequences of being declared bankrupt would be harsh and severe.

But he gave a final warning to Horsley.

In an eerie echo of Adams, unionist leaders gave warnings of further violence which sounded more like threats than warnings.

Save the Children's team has been in the country since last year, and gave an early warning of the famine.

They are the individuals who must be given early warning if a new spending proposal is in the pipe-line.

He gave the steward a warning stare.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(give sb/get) the cold shoulder

A declaration of love, or the cold shoulder.

Giving the cold shoulder to his usual tipple, Ian Knight raises his coffee cup to Drinkwise Day.

She was sure that at some point she'd given some one the cold shoulder and hurt them badly without noticing.

So they have given girlfriends the cold shoulder.

(give) credit where credit is due

God give me strength!

any/a given ...

On any given day in the Houston area, half the hospital beds are empty.

However, since these charts deal with averages, they may not be appropriate for any given individual.

In practice this can only be achieved within the constraints of any given indexing language and system.

It is accepted that within any given population there are natural variations in health status.

Only 7 lines can be displayed at any given time.

Signals from the ground are passed from one satellite to another as they move across any given region.

These standards may vary from country to country and they may be changed from time to time within a given country.

This knot shape therefore never varies for any given sequence of amino acids.

We must weigh that in determining whether kids should watch a given show.

be given to (doing) sth

Some adults are still given to temper tantrums.

But when that remedy was given to a sick person exhibiting those same symptoms, it helped cure the person.

Consideration should be given to arranging for a banker's guarantee in the firm's favour.

Examination also needs to be given to the type of religious environment which permits the abuse of women to occur without reparations.

Extra funds were given to agricultural production, food subsidies, and housing for armed forces personnel.

For example, careful attention is given to communication in writing.

I would like my poem to be given to such a man by the Police.

Some thought has to be given to what is possible and it may be that time out can not be used.

We were young and our waking hours were given to games.

cut/give sb some slack

Hey, cut me some slack , man, I'm only a few bucks short.

She played the fish, gave it some slack and let it run till it hesitated, then slowly drew it back.

The fish must have come forward to give the line some slack .

don't give a hoot/don't care two hoots

don't give it another thought

"I'm really sorry about that." "Don't give another thought ."

"I'm sorry we had to cancel the party.'' "Oh, please don't give it another thought . It wasn't your fault that you were ill!''

don't give me that line

get/be given a bad press

get/be given short shrift

get/be given your cards

get/give sb a fair shake

Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake ?

give (full/free) rein to sth

Despite giving full rein to Laura's inner struggles and torments, Fuentes is far more interested in the grand scale.

So, goes the conspiracy, the Foreign Office can now give free rein to its instinctive Arabism.

The result has been that recent chancellors have been able to give free rein to their tax-reforming ambitions.

You'd be given free rein to run the show how you wanted it.

give (sb) head

Do not try to give yourself a head start by dieting earlier than you should.

He'd given me a head start in my inquiries.

He felt the best way to cure her was to keep giving her her head .

Hood: a well-shaped hood gives maximum head cover when the hood is drawn in tightly.

I thought I could trust her and gave her my heads so that she could use it for one minute.

Parliamentary systems giving the head of government discretion on timing the election have traditionally been used for advantage by governing parties.

So give her a head start.

These results are given in column headed R in Table 6, 1.

give (sb) the OK/get the OK

give (sb) the go-ahead/get the go-ahead

The state utilities commission gave the go-ahead for the water company to raise rates.

give a good/poor account of yourself

Cooper gave a good account of himself in the fight.

Sussex's Wood gave a good account of herself and should have claimed the second set.

Thirteen-year-old Patsy, who could always give a good account of herself, looked upset.

Though it gave a good account of itself, Dave gently persuaded the fish close enough to be lifted aboard the boat.

give a hundred percent

Everyone on the team gave a hundred percent.

give birth (to sb)

At 9:40 Claudia gave birth to a nine-pound baby boy.

Another version has Poseidon raping the Gorgon, Medousa, who gives birth to Persephone.

Clones of clones are giving birth to other clones.

Earth gave birth to her last and most frightful offspring, a creature more terrible than any that had gone before.

Locklear has just given birth to a daughter.

The Birmingham Canal, authorised in 1768, in effect gave birth to a port.

These females do not lay eggs; they give birth to young aphids, all of which are females.

Two months later she gave birth to a female child who was born with club feet.

give it a rest

You've been complaining all day. Why don't you just give it a rest ?

I think you should just give it a rest for a few weeks.

It is not only more kind, but more intelligent, to give it a rest or let it slow down.

It was time to give it a rest .

Take your head off and give it a rest .

There was a reason for stopping, at least a reason to give it a rest .

give me strength

I felt the blood running down my face, and the pain gave me strength .

Some one give me strength , I pray.

To find such understanding in a book gave me strength .

When things looked dark, when the way was long, you gave me strength to continue.

You say that I have the endurance - you say it in order to give me strength .

give me/it a break!

give rise to sth

Daily shaving can give rise to a number of skin problems.

The success of "Pamela" gave rise to a number of imitations.

It has moved off the line of hot spots that gave rise to it.

It is the notion of a norm that perhaps gives rise to the central representation problem.

It is the term that, on its own, gives rise to the Kasner solutions.

More commonly, larval numbers increase on pasture in summer and autumn giving rise to clinical problems during these seasons.

The great cultural diversion of the country, and the conflicts which this gave rise to, found expression in popular song.

The motion of the ions and electrons in the sheet is such that it gives rise to a net current around Jupiter.

This could give rise to questions such as: How can shadows be made?

To proceed without doing so would give rise to conflicts of interest which could impede the proper performance of his duties.

give sb (a) five

I decided to give Malpass another five minutes and then I'd disappear.

Jose Bautista fared even worse, giving up five runs, one a homer to minor-leaguer Tyrone Horne.

Last week, Vacco gave the company five days to respond before filing a suit.

Lizzie shortly would marry her rancher, and before she was through would give Buster five brothers and sisters.

Shakespeare gave the play five castles: Forres.

She gave him five minutes to pack an overnight bag under Dexter's supervision and say farewell to his family.

They had given themselves just five weeks to prepare their first issue.

Why should you give me the five thousand when you know the guy yourself?

give sb (a) free rein

I would discuss the script, say, on proportional representation, and then give him free rein .

No, it was thanks to my culinary abilities that Marie-Claude gave me free rein of both her kitchen and her bedchamber.

Such as he can not comprehend that which prompts others to give their heart free rein !

Then I pretty much give them free rein .

While watching him at work she impulsively asked to borrow his materials and followed his advice to give her imagination free rein .

give sb a (good) run for their money

Slosser gave Boyd a run for his money in the 1996 GOP primary.

give sb a bell

As this player counts aloud from one to ten, the other children are given a bell .

If not, maybe you could give Diana Russell a bell ?

Just give me a bell as to when and where you want him.

Write to me at the address just inside the back cover or give me a bell on.

give sb a blank cheque

We cannot let our democracy become a matter of simply giving a bunch of politicians a blank cheque to govern us every five years.

give sb a boost (up)

Because the Saints gave an economic boost to the young state, Illinoisans at first greeted them congenially.

Cally had been intimidated by the occasion and Jen wanted to give her a boost .

Fishing industry lands a big boost Scarborough's fishing industry has been given a big boost thanks to shoals of scallops.

He says the government's turnaround on interest and exchange rate policies should give an extra boost to Christmas trading too.

His defeat gives a further boost to Mr Kinnock's already overriding executive majority.

It gave her confidence a boost to know that she had spotted him, and it made her actions easy.

This will give a further boost to the economy.

This will help to cut pollution and save energy and give a valuable boost to the housing market.

give sb a break

Give me a break , you guys! I can't get the money until Friday.

But the council refused to give them a break .

Expanded IRAs for this higher-income group will give costly tax breaks to people who are already saving for retirement.

If the assurances were not given or subsequently broken , the firm could be taken to court.

Instead of using your train time to read two more interoffice memos, give yourself a break and read something for fun.

It hadn't been difficult for Bill to accede to his wife's nagging to give the girl a break .

That is, if anyone can be persuaded to give Mr Chekhov a break .

give sb a buzz

It's obvious: unless work gives us a buzz , we won't give our best.

It just gives you a buzz .

Users claim Ecstasy gives them a buzz and an energy high.

give sb a dig

give sb a dirty look

Amy kept crying, and everybody was giving us dirty looks.

Frank turned round and gave me a really dirty look.

My aunt's friends always used to give me dirty looks when I brought my kids over, because they knew I wasn't married.

give sb a dose/taste of their own medicine

give sb a fair crack of the whip

give sb a free hand/rein

They've given me a free hand with the budget, as long as I stay under $10,000.

Both these factors gave him a freer hand to negotiate.

He's given me a free hand to buy horses.

I would discuss the script, say, on proportional representation, and then give him free rein.

It turns them on and gives them a free hand to be as obnoxious as they want.

No advanced industrial nation gives corporations a freer hand in busting unions.

No, it was thanks to my culinary abilities that Marie-Claude gave me free rein of both her kitchen and her bedchamber.

Then I pretty much give them free rein.

While watching him at work she impulsively asked to borrow his materials and followed his advice to give her imagination free rein.

give sb a going-over

give sb a hard time

My mother gave me a really hard time about Freddy. She couldn't stand him.

She left the company because her boss was giving her a really hard time.

Stop giving me such a hard time. I'm doing my best.

When I first came here everyone gave me a really hard time, because I was the first woman to run a department.

Her boss, Detective Hineline, is always giving her a hard time and she never gets really mad at him.

If you wonder why people give you a hard time, it's because you write shit like this.

Maybe Modigliani gave them a hard time, I don't know.

The crew gave him a hard time, and even the cast was cautious about him.

The laughter had stopped a while ago and, ever since, Lydia's imagination had been giving her a hard time.

Tom gave him a hard time.

Watson had been given a hard time from the Wednesday crowd before those goals but is now hoping the tide has turned.

Yet Wakefield gave them a hard time throughout.

give sb a leg-up

Joining the Visa network would give it the leg-up it needs.

give sb a mouthful

And she gave Anwar a mouthful .

give sb a piece of your mind

I was so mad that I called back and gave her a piece of my mind.

If one of the kids is being sassy, Inez gives them a piece of her mind.

Boy, am I going to give him a piece of my mind when I see him.

But it was worth it, to give Hilda Machin a piece of her mind.

I begin to pronounce the sequence of words and numbers that will prevent her from giving him a piece of her mind.

Ready to give somebody a piece of her mind, Aunt Pat strode to the front door and flung it open.

She'd give Gloria a piece of her mind when she got home!

She managed to manoeuvre into the remaining space and got out to give somebody a piece of her mind.

give sb a ring

All points in a given delay ring are indistinguishable from one another using this information alone.

Any reader wanting the right detector to suit his pocket and plenty of sound advice is welcome to give me a ring .

Evil is devious, it is trying to turn Good against Good by making Frodo try to give the Ring away.

Mr Evans gave it to me and he gave Carrie a ring .

Perhaps, he thought with sudden abandon, he should give Edith Mallory a ring this very moment and express his thanks.

Whatever your needs or circumstances give us a ring now!

You then push the cable connector on to one side of the T-connector and give the lock ring a twist.

give sb a rollicking

give sb a shout

Give me a shout when you're ready to go.

Angel glanced round and gave a shout of warning.

Anyway, give me a shout if you want me.

At each round the Confederate artillerymen gave a shout , which seemed surprisingly near.

I tugged the ribbon and lifted the lid and heard myself give a harsh shout of anger and rejection and probably shame.

Melwas gave a shout , and swung his sword up for the kill.

Suddenly I was full of hope again, and I gave a great shout of happiness.

Suddenly the man called Barakai gave a shout , then charged.

give sb a smack on the lips/cheek

give sb a thick ear

give sb a thick ear/get a thick ear

give sb a ticking off

give sb a tickle

give sb a tinkle

Hop on over to the end of the road and give her a tinkle .

give sb a turn

A second glance put my mind to rest, but for a moment there it gave me a turn .

Facilitators at corners play crossing guards, giving directions for turning .

Higher ratio power steering gives tighter turns , but the tendency to slight wanderings on the straight is still there.

Nero sends his luv, you know he's coming over here to give us a turn this winter.

This gives everybody a turn at catching.

Thus at this imaginary point A they give up, turn around, and go home.

We have ten Free Curl Combi stylers to give away - turn to page 54 for details.

give sb an earful

The chancellor got an earful when he asked the students for feedback.

Clairvoyantes distress me, Commuters depress me - Met Stetson and gave him an earful .

give sb an inch and they'll take a yard/mile

give sb enough rope to hang themselves

give sb grief

Frank always gives me grief about my sloppy handwriting.

give sb gyp

give sb hell

Caroline would give me hell for evermore if she thought I'd mistreated her best friend.

I'd better go. My wife will give me hell if I'm late home again.

My mom gave him hell , told him to never say things like that in front of us again.

give sb ideas/put ideas into sb's head

give sb pause (for thought)

High real estate prices have given potential buyers pause .

But it gave you some pause to think of what else might be crawling around there.

Even seemingly innocuous turnstile-exits with interlocking horizontal bars give my sister pause , however.

It gave him pause , but soon enough he had his own retort.-Yeah, right.

Knowing what Edmund has done to his real father might have given Cornwall pause before proclaiming himself the next one.

The breadth of this holding gives one pause .

Their sparring for position of least-favoured son gave me pause for thought.

Yet the offer seems to have given Burton no pause .

give sb shit

Go out and mow the lawn, and don't give me any shit about it, either.

give sb short measure

give sb some/enough etc rope

You gave me enough rope for eighteen months, and now ... He gripped the back of the chair in front of him.

give sb the benefit of the doubt

She claimed she wasn't trying to commit suicide, and doctors gave her the benefit of the doubt.

Something didn't seem quite right, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

give sb the bird

Anyway, opens first night - this mind-reader comes on - audience really gives him the bird .

Holm oak and tamarisk withstand the wind and salt spray and give shelter to the birds .

Would they, er, give it the bird .

give sb the bum's rush

give sb the cold shoulder

After I got the promotion, a few of my co-workers started giving me the cold shoulder.

She was sure that at some point she'd given some one the cold shoulder and hurt them badly without noticing.

So they have given girlfriends the cold shoulder.

Vernon regretted giving Harcourt the cold shoulder; he would have been some one to laugh with.

give sb the creeps

I hate being left alone in the office with Graham - he gives me the creeps .

This house gives me the creeps - it's so dark and quiet.

Tony gives me the creeps .

As much as he gave her the creeps , there was also this secret fascination.

It gave him the creeps from the start.

It gave him the creeps to think of Omar sleeping in the same room where the Judge had died.

It gives me the creeps , that's all.

It still gives me the creeps to think of it.

Northern Nevada gives me the creeps .

The prospect of being marooned on Gullholm for days with a Heathcliff bereft of his Cathy gave her the creeps .

Those two were going to give her the creeps if she really had to take them all the way to Titan.

give sb the elbow

I won't have anything more to do with you lot till you give him the elbow .

The girl must have given him the elbow , Harriet decided.

give sb the finger

As the vans move right over to pass them one of the men gives the team the finger .

People, young, old and indifferent, can have purple hair, swear at ballgames or give other motorists the finger .

The Master of Dreams was giving me the finger .

give sb the glad eye

And I won't have the Apostate scupper all my efforts by giving Rainbow the glad eye.

give sb the horrors

But she had told Dorothy, who had told the parents, that Ben gave her the horrors .

The thought of soiled nappies and vomit on my clothes gives me the horrors .

give sb the hump/get the hump

give sb the kiss of life

His girlfriend was trying to give him the kiss of life.

I tried to give her the kiss of life.

The ship's doctor tried to give them the kiss of life but they could not be revived.

Why didn't you at least try to resuscitate her, give her the kiss of life?

give sb the nod/get the nod from sb

give sb the push/get the push

give sb the runaround

I called the insurance company about this claim, but they kept giving me the runaround .

give sb the slip

Eddie gave her the slip in the hotel lobby.

I wanted to talk to her before she left the hotel, but she gave me the slip .

Watch him very carefully - he might try and give us the slip .

A week ago her plan had been to give Travis the slip and catch the first flight out.

After giving their pursuers the slip , the thieves abandoned the Cavalier.

But she was confident she could give the police the slip .

But to find her meant giving him the slip , and she hadn't been too successful at that the last time.

He gave her the slip , and there was a pause.

Perhaps he thought that, and he'd given me the slip .

Somehow the Girls gave Daisy the slip and went off with them.

Time allowed 08:29 Still at large ... armed prisoner gives police the slip .

give sb the third degree

I was just out with friends - you don't have to give me the third degree.

Whenever one of my boyfriends came to the house, Dad would give them the third degree.

And would Feargal now give him the third degree?

give sb their head

give sb their walking papers

give sb top/star billing

give sb/get (some) stick

He doesn't give his stick to just anybody.

give sb/get a fair shake

Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake?

give sb/get a roasting

At which juncture, Shelford gave his troops a roasting .

Chancellor Norman Lamont will today begin hauling in bank bosses one by one to give them a roasting .

give sb/get a walloping

give sb/have a heart attack

Doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary are to assess the benefits of giving magnesium to heart attack victims immediately after an attack.

I will surely give some one a heart attack ... I have varicose veins in my legs.

That ought to give Francois a heart attack.

give sb/sth a clean bill of health

Maddox was given a clean bill of health by his doctor.

If the ship was given a clean bill of health, Customs Officials went on board.

The influential Bell study gave them largely a clean bill of health as a model for determining disputes concerning entitlement to benefit.

They gave it a clean bill of health.

give sb/sth a lift

Good deals in auto stock prices gave the stock market a lift today.

If I'm feeling down, buying makeup always gives me a lift .

Can you give me a lift ?

It's you that's wanted down at the station and it was kind of you to give me a lift .

Later in the day they were given a lift in a horse and cart from west London out into the country.

Mrs Wright came in and she said she'd give me a lift home.

Or make some patronising remark about her cute rear end and how he would be delighted to give her a lift over?

She gave him a lift back to their cottage in Tetbury.

The man tried to give her a lift and wouldn't take no for an answer.

They stopped the cab and gave him a lift home, teasing him lightly about the toasts.

give sb/sth a poke

Vanessa gave me a poke in the ribs.

give sb/sth a rub

I get this sort of aching feeling in my nose, and I give it a rub .

give sb/sth a wide berth

Sandie's been giving her a wide berth since the argument.

A marabou stork was poking about nearby in a pile of rubbish, and I gave it a wide berth.

Besides, in most vacation areas the locals learn to give a wide berth to tourists in their rented land yachts.

Passers-by gave her a wide berth.

People shuffle past, giving us a wide berth.

Sandie gives her a wide berth.

She saw him coming and intended to give him a wide berth.

Ssamois with polenta the centrepiece of the Menu Gastronomico Valdostano, so I gave that a wide berth.

The chil-dren sensed his tension and gave him a wide berth.

give sb/sth the green light

The board just gave us the green light to begin research.

Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans on Sunday night.

Everyone has given it the green light.

give someone the (old) heave-ho

give sth a going-over

give sth a lick and a promise

give sth a miss

"Do you want to come to the cinema?" "No thanks, I'll give it a miss this time."

I think I'll give my exercise class a miss tonight - I'm worn out.

A small pastry hat manifested itself low on my brow, giving the missing barmy look to my regalia.

I've a good mind to give it a miss .

So I decided to give it a miss that day.

Some people love the atmosphere of refuges; others, myself included, would rather give them a miss .

We considered giving it a miss , but decided it would look rude.

You were right to give it a miss , my friend.

give sth a rest

I think you should just give it a rest for a few weeks.

Now you can give your imagination a rest .

On first hearing, I prematurely thought Vin Garbutt had given abortion a rest .

On holiday you might like to give your feet a rest and not wear socks.

The subs off the Washington bench contribute thirty-three points while giving the starters a rest .

There was a reason for stopping, at least a reason to give it a rest .

They must give you the rest of the story themselves.

We would here stress the importance of giving plenty of rests to the double basses.

give sth a spin

He should have read the writing on the machine they gave him to spin the golden thread.

Lively in flavor but quick to prepare, this chicken dish gives a new spin to the traditional grilled fare.

This means that their spins are guaranteed to cancel each other out to give a total spin of zero.

give sth a whirl

Why don't you give golf a whirl ?

I had learned two, at that point, and was disappointed not to have a chance to give them a whirl .

I intend to remain faithful, simply because I've given infidelity a whirl and it doesn't work for me.

Kathryn Baron gives it a whirl and doesn't look back.

So when you see me overtaking, stop shouting and give it a whirl .

There was also some excitement on the oil pitch, with a number of old stories given another whirl .

give sth prominence/give prominence to sth

give sth the/a once-over

Brian X. They'd pull him in and give him the once-over .

Could you give it a once-over ?

I wait patiently whilst he gives me the once-over .

give sth your best shot

I'm not promising I'll succeed, but I'll give it my best shot .

Hopefully he can recover and regain his test place and give it his best shot .

I'd have given it my best shot , and that was all anyone could demand from me.

I just have a feeling that we have given it our best shot .

The band gave it their best shot , until the arrival of the blue meanies put an end to the proceedings.

You were never entirely safe from prying fingers in Chinatown, but I had to give it my best shot .

give the game away

Don't mention Dad's birthday or you'll give the game away.

Anyway, the number plate gives the game away.

But Mr Penrice had given the game away.

Cats merely have the instinct not to give the game away by revealing all that they are aware of.

Certain anatomical shapes such as legs, arms, necks, feet or wings tend to give the game away.

Not, of course, that there is much to give the game away.

She had nearly given the game away there.

They saw the mistake-prone Cavs almost give the game away.

Unfortunately, Godwin's illustrative examples give the game away.

give the lie to sth

Their success gives the lie to predictions of the city's economic doom.

A string of female rulers, from Boudicca to Margaret Thatcher, gives the lie to that idea.

And the way Sir William treated him didn't give the lie to the notion.

Chicken's feet used to give the lie to my bravura claim to Eat Anything, so long as it was recently dead.

Does not that hostility to the charter give the lie to the Opposition parties' request for freedom of information?

The Bomb gives the lie to the false Enlightenment doctrine of perpetual progress.

The quatrain poems give the lie to that.

The success of our manufactured exports gives the lie to the Opposition's portrayal of manufacturing.

They posed for photographers at the star-studded show, giving the lie to rumours they had been separated for several weeks.

give up the ghost

My old car's finally given up the ghost .

Doctors said that while his heart was fine, his vascular system had given up the ghost .

Finally the engine gave up the ghost completely and nothing could persuade it to start again.

He would ordinarily blow out the candle and give up the ghost .

The spores do germinate, go through a few perfunctory cell divisions, then give up the ghost .

They squirmed, shrivelled and after a brief struggle, gave up the ghost .

This is the gentler way: convince the mind the body's dead and it gives up the ghost .

What light struggled through the unwashed front window soon gave up the ghost in the air that seemed almost palpably grey.

With one last defiant surge of power the jeep finally gave up the ghost .

give vent to sth

Gary grew impatient and finally gave vent to his anger.

Hadrian was an outstanding architect himself, and here he gave vent to one of his interests.

He gave vent to his anger and lambasted the shipping manager for not having alerted him that Clarion Call was overdue.

If the children had a complaint about their parents, she helped them give vent to it.

It may be sufficient to listen to Joseph and allow him to give vent to his anger.

Nevertheless, she was sufficiently alert to give vent to her usual state of ill-humour.

Richard faced the non-existent audience and so couldn't see my reaction as he gave vent to excruciating sounds.

Such people are ready to give vent to their resentment whenever a Volunteer commits even a minor transgression.

Understanding anger and aggression Forms of anger and aggression Children give vent to their anger in various ways.

give voice to sth

How could a Prime Minister who gave voice to such sentiments be regarded as a political figure in his own right?

However, those same three astronauts, when coming down, gave voice to a couple of suggestions.

Maslow was giving voice to some delicate possibility within me, and I was powerfully drawn to it.

McMillan has given voice to a generation of middle-class black women and found a huge crossover audience in the process.

Ossie Davis, who has given voice to figures in earlier Burns films, narrates.

Sunday schools too were booming and every week little people were taught to give voice to such emollient verses as these.

Unfortunately, many citizens think along the lines that rightwingers give voice to.

We use words to give voice to our thoughts and feelings and to attempt to convey them to other people.

give way

He was changing a light bulb when the ladder gave way .

The crowd surged forward and the fence gave way .

The whole side of the hill gave way after a week of heavy rain.

And when they meet on the same road one of the two must give way to the other.

As the heavy stone had been placed in the middle of the circle, the ground had given way a little.

But - the railings had given way at this point, and the parade sloped a little.

Feeling the ground give way , she naturally clutched at the strawberry plants for support.

He aimed a hefty kick at the door, and there was a splintering sound as wood gave way to metal.

Her large eyes had an earnest expression which frequently gave way to laughter.

The man didn't give way , and Erlich stepped into the road to let him pass.

This weakness is particularly evident early in the book, but it fortunately gives way when the pace quickens.

give you the shivers

Just thinking about flying in an airplane gives me the shivers .

Rail privatisation gives them the shivers .

give your all

Joe was the kind of guy who gave his all every moment on the job.

She gave her all in the last race, but it wasn't quite good enough to win.

And I gave her all my power.

Andrea Lo Cicero was another who gave his all , a prop who could run and tackle and still do the basics.

Gill and Bernard give her all she needs.

He supposed that the man with the Northern actorish accent had given her all the advice she needed.

He won't have a go if you have a bad game, but he expects everyone to give their all .

I give her all my money.

It was unfair to drop players who had given their all against West Indies and to bring in others against Sri Lanka.

Piphros had given her all the information possible in a limited way.

give/lose your heart to sb

I had lost my heart to the little, golden flowers that brightened the meadows like a thousand suns.

This very thing was only one of the reasons why he had never wanted to lose his heart to anyone.

give/quote sb chapter and verse

She can give him chapter and verse on Finance Acts and other current legislation, and is rigorous in keeping up to date.

give/receive no quarter

D'Arcy had opened her up, exposing her raw emotions, giving no quarter and taking none.

He says you give no quarter .

give/send your regrets

Henry sends his regrets - he has the flu.

hand in your notice/give (your) notice

hand/give/offer sb sth on a plate

have/get/give a feel for sth

Any guilt she many have felt for the loss of her son did not affect her longevity.

Did you get a feel for that with those conversations and the two extremes, the shot-gun versus the follow-up?

He was here to get a feel for the place.

I can get a rhythm, get a feel for the offense.

Playing the game itself is lots of fun, once you get a feel for the actual shot settings.

Rather we get a feeling for the differences in the island societies through encounters with restaurant owners.

Walk around the Tor and on the footpaths of the surrounding levels to get a feel for this legend-full land.

Whenever possible I devoured local newspapers, trying to get a feel for the politics and social conditions of each place.

have/give sb first refusal on sth

lend/give colour to sth

make eyes at sb/give sb the eye

not care/give tuppence

not give a damn (about sb/sth)

For opening doors and not giving a damn about what anybody else has to say to it.

I think their nonchalance about not caring or not giving a damn about record sales is just not true.

It was nature that had turned her grey, she said, and she did not give a damn .

My ideal would be to not give a damn as much as possible.

This time she yelled his name, not giving a damn if she looked a fool, and dived after him.

not give a fig/not care a fig (about/for sth/sb)

not give a fuck

not give a monkey's

not give a shit (what/whether/about etc)

As David said, the union simply does not give a shit .

not give a toss

not give sth a second glance/look

not give sth a second thought/without a second thought

not give sth houseroom

not give/budge an inch

And even with his size he didn't know what to do with Braden standing over him and not giving an inch .

I was just a novice and he was fairly frightening, not giving an inch until he had sounded you out.

Once on the ground again she tried pulling the horse, but still it would not budge an inch .

not give/care a sod

put a figure on it/give an exact figure

roll out the red carpet/give sb the red carpet treatment

sb would give the world to do sth

sb would give their eye teeth for sth

sb would give their right arm to do sth

These parents would give their right arms to get their kids into a prestigious school.

send/give your love (to sb),

Dad and Charles send their love .

I am fine and your family is in good health and send their love .

Now I am alone except for this unwilling stranger and even to him I gave my love freely. 6.

Of course, she sent her love to Jean.

Open now your hearts to me; give your love to me.

Please give my love to Christopher - will speak to you soon.

Please send me a couple of views of St Albans. Give my love to Kitty.

We are all fine and Chris and Nick send their love .

take a hammering/be given a hammering

take sth as given

under/given the circumstances

Besides, under the circumstances , the risk had to be taken.

Especially under the circumstances and all.

He made some measure of pass at me. Given the circumstances of a cheese dip, it was cheering.

He said that he felt that its terms were the best obtainable under the circumstances .

Perhaps under the circumstances it made sense to remain in the one place.

Their disciplined behavior under the circumstances impressed my father.

Well given the circumstances who can blame them.

with time/given time

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

'Have you peeled the carrots?' 'No, I gave them to Dad to do.'

"I don't really want to spend that much." "OK, how much are you prepared to give ?"

Give me a call at 8:00.

About a quarter of Britons regularly give to charity.

Angie did a really good interview, but they gave the job to someone with more experience.

Can you give me a ride to the office tomorrow?

Come on, give Grandpa a hug.

Davis gives a wonderful performance as an 81-year-old man.

Did they give you the asking price for the house?

Don't worry if swimsuits are tight -- they always give a little.

Dr Hebden will be giving a lecture later this week on the role of women in the economy.

He gives generously to the church.

He said he'd give £40 for the painting, so I said yes.

His new hairstyle gives him a youthful look.

His uniform gave him an air of authority.

I'm giving a dinner party on Thursday night. Would you like to come?

I gave my nieces and nephews $20 each.

I asked Joel's teacher if we should give him some Level 4 work.

If you're bored, I'll give you something to do.

LA Weekly magazine gives information about what's on in Los Angeles every week.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A bigger fact in history than so-called historians give credit for.

Companies are already paying for training programs to give employees the basic skills they should have learned in high school.

That was why she could not, must not, give up on the boy.

Their steep decline has given grim satisfaction to their legions of detractors.

They gave the woman a mattress on the floor.

We merely suggest or advise rather than give orders.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

rise

These give rise to pegmatites, very coarse-grained rocks that may include crystals as much as several meters across.

■ VERB

take

Not that I don't admire roaring entertainers, but a talk show requires some give and take , some exchange.

Much of this takes place in the give and take of the unstructured world of the playground.

But animals can have no expectations in this sense since they lack moral personality - a sense of rightful give and take .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(give sb/get) the cold shoulder

A declaration of love, or the cold shoulder.

Giving the cold shoulder to his usual tipple, Ian Knight raises his coffee cup to Drinkwise Day.

She was sure that at some point she'd given some one the cold shoulder and hurt them badly without noticing.

So they have given girlfriends the cold shoulder.

(give) credit where credit is due

God give me strength!

any/a given ...

On any given day in the Houston area, half the hospital beds are empty.

However, since these charts deal with averages, they may not be appropriate for any given individual.

In practice this can only be achieved within the constraints of any given indexing language and system.

It is accepted that within any given population there are natural variations in health status.

Only 7 lines can be displayed at any given time.

Signals from the ground are passed from one satellite to another as they move across any given region.

These standards may vary from country to country and they may be changed from time to time within a given country.

This knot shape therefore never varies for any given sequence of amino acids.

We must weigh that in determining whether kids should watch a given show.

be given to (doing) sth

Some adults are still given to temper tantrums.

But when that remedy was given to a sick person exhibiting those same symptoms, it helped cure the person.

Consideration should be given to arranging for a banker's guarantee in the firm's favour.

Examination also needs to be given to the type of religious environment which permits the abuse of women to occur without reparations.

Extra funds were given to agricultural production, food subsidies, and housing for armed forces personnel.

For example, careful attention is given to communication in writing.

I would like my poem to be given to such a man by the Police.

Some thought has to be given to what is possible and it may be that time out can not be used.

We were young and our waking hours were given to games.

be given/get your marching orders

don't give it another thought

"I'm really sorry about that." "Don't give another thought ."

"I'm sorry we had to cancel the party.'' "Oh, please don't give it another thought . It wasn't your fault that you were ill!''

don't give me that line

get/be given short shrift

give (full/free) rein to sth

Despite giving full rein to Laura's inner struggles and torments, Fuentes is far more interested in the grand scale.

So, goes the conspiracy, the Foreign Office can now give free rein to its instinctive Arabism.

The result has been that recent chancellors have been able to give free rein to their tax-reforming ambitions.

You'd be given free rein to run the show how you wanted it.

give (sb) head

Do not try to give yourself a head start by dieting earlier than you should.

He'd given me a head start in my inquiries.

He felt the best way to cure her was to keep giving her her head .

Hood: a well-shaped hood gives maximum head cover when the hood is drawn in tightly.

I thought I could trust her and gave her my heads so that she could use it for one minute.

Parliamentary systems giving the head of government discretion on timing the election have traditionally been used for advantage by governing parties.

So give her a head start.

These results are given in column headed R in Table 6, 1.

give (sb) the OK/get the OK

give (sb) the go-ahead/get the go-ahead

The state utilities commission gave the go-ahead for the water company to raise rates.

give a good/poor account of yourself

Cooper gave a good account of himself in the fight.

Sussex's Wood gave a good account of herself and should have claimed the second set.

Thirteen-year-old Patsy, who could always give a good account of herself, looked upset.

Though it gave a good account of itself, Dave gently persuaded the fish close enough to be lifted aboard the boat.

give a hundred percent

Everyone on the team gave a hundred percent.

give birth (to sb)

At 9:40 Claudia gave birth to a nine-pound baby boy.

Another version has Poseidon raping the Gorgon, Medousa, who gives birth to Persephone.

Clones of clones are giving birth to other clones.

Earth gave birth to her last and most frightful offspring, a creature more terrible than any that had gone before.

Locklear has just given birth to a daughter.

The Birmingham Canal, authorised in 1768, in effect gave birth to a port.

These females do not lay eggs; they give birth to young aphids, all of which are females.

Two months later she gave birth to a female child who was born with club feet.

give it a rest

You've been complaining all day. Why don't you just give it a rest ?

I think you should just give it a rest for a few weeks.

It is not only more kind, but more intelligent, to give it a rest or let it slow down.

It was time to give it a rest .

Take your head off and give it a rest .

There was a reason for stopping, at least a reason to give it a rest .

give me strength

I felt the blood running down my face, and the pain gave me strength .

Some one give me strength , I pray.

To find such understanding in a book gave me strength .

When things looked dark, when the way was long, you gave me strength to continue.

You say that I have the endurance - you say it in order to give me strength .

give me/it a break!

give rise to sth

Daily shaving can give rise to a number of skin problems.

The success of "Pamela" gave rise to a number of imitations.

It has moved off the line of hot spots that gave rise to it.

It is the notion of a norm that perhaps gives rise to the central representation problem.

It is the term that, on its own, gives rise to the Kasner solutions.

More commonly, larval numbers increase on pasture in summer and autumn giving rise to clinical problems during these seasons.

The great cultural diversion of the country, and the conflicts which this gave rise to, found expression in popular song.

The motion of the ions and electrons in the sheet is such that it gives rise to a net current around Jupiter.

This could give rise to questions such as: How can shadows be made?

To proceed without doing so would give rise to conflicts of interest which could impede the proper performance of his duties.

give sb (a) five

I decided to give Malpass another five minutes and then I'd disappear.

Jose Bautista fared even worse, giving up five runs, one a homer to minor-leaguer Tyrone Horne.

Last week, Vacco gave the company five days to respond before filing a suit.

Lizzie shortly would marry her rancher, and before she was through would give Buster five brothers and sisters.

Shakespeare gave the play five castles: Forres.

She gave him five minutes to pack an overnight bag under Dexter's supervision and say farewell to his family.

They had given themselves just five weeks to prepare their first issue.

Why should you give me the five thousand when you know the guy yourself?

give sb a dirty look

Amy kept crying, and everybody was giving us dirty looks.

Frank turned round and gave me a really dirty look.

My aunt's friends always used to give me dirty looks when I brought my kids over, because they knew I wasn't married.

give sb a dose/taste of their own medicine

give sb a fair crack of the whip

give sb a free hand/rein

They've given me a free hand with the budget, as long as I stay under $10,000.

Both these factors gave him a freer hand to negotiate.

He's given me a free hand to buy horses.

I would discuss the script, say, on proportional representation, and then give him free rein.

It turns them on and gives them a free hand to be as obnoxious as they want.

No advanced industrial nation gives corporations a freer hand in busting unions.

No, it was thanks to my culinary abilities that Marie-Claude gave me free rein of both her kitchen and her bedchamber.

Then I pretty much give them free rein.

While watching him at work she impulsively asked to borrow his materials and followed his advice to give her imagination free rein.

give sb a hard time

My mother gave me a really hard time about Freddy. She couldn't stand him.

She left the company because her boss was giving her a really hard time.

Stop giving me such a hard time. I'm doing my best.

When I first came here everyone gave me a really hard time, because I was the first woman to run a department.

Her boss, Detective Hineline, is always giving her a hard time and she never gets really mad at him.

If you wonder why people give you a hard time, it's because you write shit like this.

Maybe Modigliani gave them a hard time, I don't know.

The crew gave him a hard time, and even the cast was cautious about him.

The laughter had stopped a while ago and, ever since, Lydia's imagination had been giving her a hard time.

Tom gave him a hard time.

Watson had been given a hard time from the Wednesday crowd before those goals but is now hoping the tide has turned.

Yet Wakefield gave them a hard time throughout.

give sb a piece of your mind

I was so mad that I called back and gave her a piece of my mind.

If one of the kids is being sassy, Inez gives them a piece of her mind.

Boy, am I going to give him a piece of my mind when I see him.

But it was worth it, to give Hilda Machin a piece of her mind.

I begin to pronounce the sequence of words and numbers that will prevent her from giving him a piece of her mind.

Ready to give somebody a piece of her mind, Aunt Pat strode to the front door and flung it open.

She'd give Gloria a piece of her mind when she got home!

She managed to manoeuvre into the remaining space and got out to give somebody a piece of her mind.

give sb a thick ear/get a thick ear

give sb short measure

give sb the benefit of the doubt

She claimed she wasn't trying to commit suicide, and doctors gave her the benefit of the doubt.

Something didn't seem quite right, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

give sb the cold shoulder

After I got the promotion, a few of my co-workers started giving me the cold shoulder.

She was sure that at some point she'd given some one the cold shoulder and hurt them badly without noticing.

So they have given girlfriends the cold shoulder.

Vernon regretted giving Harcourt the cold shoulder; he would have been some one to laugh with.

give sb the glad eye

And I won't have the Apostate scupper all my efforts by giving Rainbow the glad eye.

give sb the kiss of life

His girlfriend was trying to give him the kiss of life.

I tried to give her the kiss of life.

The ship's doctor tried to give them the kiss of life but they could not be revived.

Why didn't you at least try to resuscitate her, give her the kiss of life?

give sb to understand (that)

A friend of your daughter's gave us to understand that you lived in Michigan.

Although I received no official indication, I was given to understand that I would be promoted within a year.

A parting sniff as she left the room gave the gentleman to understand that he had disappointed her.

Colonel Fergusson had long since given up trying to understand the business.

He gave me to understand that the bamboo beetle would soon be killed off by the sea air.

He gave up trying to understand it and vowed to harden himself more.

Sergeant Bramble and Constable Quince very quickly gave up trying to understand what it was that the experts were looking for.

She gave him to understand that her city was his as well as she herself.

give sb/get (some) stick

He doesn't give his stick to just anybody.

give sb/get a fair shake

Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake?

give sb/get a roasting

At which juncture, Shelford gave his troops a roasting .

Chancellor Norman Lamont will today begin hauling in bank bosses one by one to give them a roasting .

give sb/get a walloping

give sb/have a heart attack

Doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary are to assess the benefits of giving magnesium to heart attack victims immediately after an attack.

I will surely give some one a heart attack ... I have varicose veins in my legs.

That ought to give Francois a heart attack.

give sb/sth a clean bill of health

Maddox was given a clean bill of health by his doctor.

If the ship was given a clean bill of health, Customs Officials went on board.

The influential Bell study gave them largely a clean bill of health as a model for determining disputes concerning entitlement to benefit.

They gave it a clean bill of health.

give sb/sth a lift

Good deals in auto stock prices gave the stock market a lift today.

If I'm feeling down, buying makeup always gives me a lift .

Can you give me a lift ?

It's you that's wanted down at the station and it was kind of you to give me a lift .

Later in the day they were given a lift in a horse and cart from west London out into the country.

Mrs Wright came in and she said she'd give me a lift home.

Or make some patronising remark about her cute rear end and how he would be delighted to give her a lift over?

She gave him a lift back to their cottage in Tetbury.

The man tried to give her a lift and wouldn't take no for an answer.

They stopped the cab and gave him a lift home, teasing him lightly about the toasts.

give sb/sth a poke

Vanessa gave me a poke in the ribs.

give sb/sth a rub

I get this sort of aching feeling in my nose, and I give it a rub .

give sb/sth a wide berth

Sandie's been giving her a wide berth since the argument.

A marabou stork was poking about nearby in a pile of rubbish, and I gave it a wide berth.

Besides, in most vacation areas the locals learn to give a wide berth to tourists in their rented land yachts.

Passers-by gave her a wide berth.

People shuffle past, giving us a wide berth.

Sandie gives her a wide berth.

She saw him coming and intended to give him a wide berth.

Ssamois with polenta the centrepiece of the Menu Gastronomico Valdostano, so I gave that a wide berth.

The chil-dren sensed his tension and gave him a wide berth.

give sb/sth the green light

The board just gave us the green light to begin research.

Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans on Sunday night.

Everyone has given it the green light.

give someone the (old) heave-ho

give sth a going-over

give sth a lick and a promise

give sth a miss

"Do you want to come to the cinema?" "No thanks, I'll give it a miss this time."

I think I'll give my exercise class a miss tonight - I'm worn out.

A small pastry hat manifested itself low on my brow, giving the missing barmy look to my regalia.

I've a good mind to give it a miss .

So I decided to give it a miss that day.

Some people love the atmosphere of refuges; others, myself included, would rather give them a miss .

We considered giving it a miss , but decided it would look rude.

You were right to give it a miss , my friend.

give sth a rest

I think you should just give it a rest for a few weeks.

Now you can give your imagination a rest .

On first hearing, I prematurely thought Vin Garbutt had given abortion a rest .

On holiday you might like to give your feet a rest and not wear socks.

The subs off the Washington bench contribute thirty-three points while giving the starters a rest .

There was a reason for stopping, at least a reason to give it a rest .

They must give you the rest of the story themselves.

We would here stress the importance of giving plenty of rests to the double basses.

give sth a spin

He should have read the writing on the machine they gave him to spin the golden thread.

Lively in flavor but quick to prepare, this chicken dish gives a new spin to the traditional grilled fare.

This means that their spins are guaranteed to cancel each other out to give a total spin of zero.

give sth a whirl

Why don't you give golf a whirl ?

I had learned two, at that point, and was disappointed not to have a chance to give them a whirl .

I intend to remain faithful, simply because I've given infidelity a whirl and it doesn't work for me.

Kathryn Baron gives it a whirl and doesn't look back.

So when you see me overtaking, stop shouting and give it a whirl .

There was also some excitement on the oil pitch, with a number of old stories given another whirl .

give sth prominence/give prominence to sth

give sth the/a once-over

Brian X. They'd pull him in and give him the once-over .

Could you give it a once-over ?

I wait patiently whilst he gives me the once-over .

give sth your best shot

I'm not promising I'll succeed, but I'll give it my best shot .

Hopefully he can recover and regain his test place and give it his best shot .

I'd have given it my best shot , and that was all anyone could demand from me.

I just have a feeling that we have given it our best shot .

The band gave it their best shot , until the arrival of the blue meanies put an end to the proceedings.

You were never entirely safe from prying fingers in Chinatown, but I had to give it my best shot .

give up the ghost

My old car's finally given up the ghost .

Doctors said that while his heart was fine, his vascular system had given up the ghost .

Finally the engine gave up the ghost completely and nothing could persuade it to start again.

He would ordinarily blow out the candle and give up the ghost .

The spores do germinate, go through a few perfunctory cell divisions, then give up the ghost .

They squirmed, shrivelled and after a brief struggle, gave up the ghost .

This is the gentler way: convince the mind the body's dead and it gives up the ghost .

What light struggled through the unwashed front window soon gave up the ghost in the air that seemed almost palpably grey.

With one last defiant surge of power the jeep finally gave up the ghost .

give vent to sth

Gary grew impatient and finally gave vent to his anger.

Hadrian was an outstanding architect himself, and here he gave vent to one of his interests.

He gave vent to his anger and lambasted the shipping manager for not having alerted him that Clarion Call was overdue.

If the children had a complaint about their parents, she helped them give vent to it.

It may be sufficient to listen to Joseph and allow him to give vent to his anger.

Nevertheless, she was sufficiently alert to give vent to her usual state of ill-humour.

Richard faced the non-existent audience and so couldn't see my reaction as he gave vent to excruciating sounds.

Such people are ready to give vent to their resentment whenever a Volunteer commits even a minor transgression.

Understanding anger and aggression Forms of anger and aggression Children give vent to their anger in various ways.

give voice to sth

How could a Prime Minister who gave voice to such sentiments be regarded as a political figure in his own right?

However, those same three astronauts, when coming down, gave voice to a couple of suggestions.

Maslow was giving voice to some delicate possibility within me, and I was powerfully drawn to it.

McMillan has given voice to a generation of middle-class black women and found a huge crossover audience in the process.

Ossie Davis, who has given voice to figures in earlier Burns films, narrates.

Sunday schools too were booming and every week little people were taught to give voice to such emollient verses as these.

Unfortunately, many citizens think along the lines that rightwingers give voice to.

We use words to give voice to our thoughts and feelings and to attempt to convey them to other people.

give way

He was changing a light bulb when the ladder gave way .

The crowd surged forward and the fence gave way .

The whole side of the hill gave way after a week of heavy rain.

And when they meet on the same road one of the two must give way to the other.

As the heavy stone had been placed in the middle of the circle, the ground had given way a little.

But - the railings had given way at this point, and the parade sloped a little.

Feeling the ground give way , she naturally clutched at the strawberry plants for support.

He aimed a hefty kick at the door, and there was a splintering sound as wood gave way to metal.

Her large eyes had an earnest expression which frequently gave way to laughter.

The man didn't give way , and Erlich stepped into the road to let him pass.

This weakness is particularly evident early in the book, but it fortunately gives way when the pace quickens.

give you the shivers

Just thinking about flying in an airplane gives me the shivers .

Rail privatisation gives them the shivers .

give your all

Joe was the kind of guy who gave his all every moment on the job.

She gave her all in the last race, but it wasn't quite good enough to win.

And I gave her all my power.

Andrea Lo Cicero was another who gave his all , a prop who could run and tackle and still do the basics.

Gill and Bernard give her all she needs.

He supposed that the man with the Northern actorish accent had given her all the advice she needed.

He won't have a go if you have a bad game, but he expects everyone to give their all .

I give her all my money.

It was unfair to drop players who had given their all against West Indies and to bring in others against Sri Lanka.

Piphros had given her all the information possible in a limited way.

give/lose your heart to sb

I had lost my heart to the little, golden flowers that brightened the meadows like a thousand suns.

This very thing was only one of the reasons why he had never wanted to lose his heart to anyone.

give/quote sb chapter and verse

She can give him chapter and verse on Finance Acts and other current legislation, and is rigorous in keeping up to date.

give/receive no quarter

D'Arcy had opened her up, exposing her raw emotions, giving no quarter and taking none.

He says you give no quarter .

give/send your regrets

Henry sends his regrets - he has the flu.

hand in your notice/give (your) notice

hand/give/offer sb sth on a plate

lend/give colour to sth

not care/give tuppence

not give sth a second glance/look

not give sth a second thought/without a second thought

not give sth houseroom

not give/budge an inch

And even with his size he didn't know what to do with Braden standing over him and not giving an inch .

I was just a novice and he was fairly frightening, not giving an inch until he had sounded you out.

Once on the ground again she tried pulling the horse, but still it would not budge an inch .

not give/care a sod

roll out the red carpet/give sb the red carpet treatment

sb would give their eye teeth for sth

sb would give their right arm to do sth

These parents would give their right arms to get their kids into a prestigious school.

send/give your love (to sb),

Dad and Charles send their love .

I am fine and your family is in good health and send their love .

Now I am alone except for this unwilling stranger and even to him I gave my love freely. 6.

Of course, she sent her love to Jean.

Open now your hearts to me; give your love to me.

Please give my love to Christopher - will speak to you soon.

Please send me a couple of views of St Albans. Give my love to Kitty.

We are all fine and Chris and Nick send their love .

take sth as given

with time/given time

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

This skirt doesn't have a lot of give to it.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Obviously, in any negotiations there has to be a give and a take.

There was hardly any give at all.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.