Meaning of “have (got) to hand it to someone” in the English Dictionary

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"have (got) to hand it to someone" in American English

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have (got) to hand it to someone

to recognize that someone deserves respect for what the person did:

You’ve got to hand it to her, she built that cabin herself.

(Definition of “have (got) to hand it to someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)