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give sth away

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

B1 to give something to someone without asking for payment: The shop is giving away a sample 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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give sth away

phrasal verb with give uk   /ɡɪv/ us   verb [I or T] past tense gave, past participle given
to provide or offer something to someone for free: We're giving away thousands of free DVDs if you spend over $50! He gave over half of his personal fortune away before he died.
(Definition of give sth away from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“give sth away” in British English

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