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English definition of “have (got) to hand it to sb”

have (got) to hand it to sb

C2 If you say you have (got) to hand it to someone you mean that they have been very successful or skilful : I mean you've got to hand it to her, she's brought up those three children all on her own.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
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