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give sth away

phrasal verb with give uk   us   /ɡɪv/ verb (gave, given)

(FREE)

B1 to give something to someone without asking for payment: The shop is giving away a sample pack to every customer. Nobody wants this type of heater any more - I can't even give it away!
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(SECRET)

B2 to tell people something secret, often without intending to: The party was meant to be a surprise, but Sharon gave it away. I won't give the game (= the information or plan) away.
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(goal/win)

to allow an opponent to score a goal or win a game by making a mistake or doing something very badly : You can't give away goals as easily as we did and win games at this level.
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