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English definition of “credit where credit's due”

credit where credit's due

an expression that means that you should praise someone who deserves it, although you might dislike some things about them: I don't especially like the woman but, credit where credit's due, she's very efficient.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
(Definition of credit where credit's due from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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