to give someone away

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - give someone away

"to give someone away"

to reveal a secret about someone


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - give someone away

"to give someone away"

to give (usually by the father) the bride away to the groom


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Idiom Scenario 1a

Idiom Definition - give someone away

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I am giving some serious thought to taking another job but please do not give me away.

Colleague 2:  Well, good for you.  Always wise to look after your own career. Don't worry. I won't tell anyone of your plans.

Colleague 1:  Thanks.

Idiom Scenario 1b

Idiom Definition - give someone away

Some children are playing a game of hide-and-seek ...

Child 1:  One, two three on Erin.

Erin:  How did you find me?

Child 1:  You gave yourself away. I could hear you giggling in your hiding spot.

Erin:  Rats!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - give someone away

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Tomorrow is the big day, huh? Your daughter is getting married.

Friend 2:  I am going to be so proud of her when I give her away. I hope I don't embarrass her by crying.

Friend 1:  Don't worry. She will understand if you do. It is an emotional symbol entrusting your daughter to another man.

to give someone away - Usage:


to give someone away - Gerund Form:

Giving your colleague away by telling the boss that he left early for the day is not a good thing to do.

Giving away your daughter is a proud moment for a father.

to give someone away - Examples:

1)  ... maybe he just doesn't want his phone out in the open where it can give him away.

2)  A wide, sincere smile appears on his face. Large, shiny teeth give him away -- it's Fabio Aru, winner of the Vuelta a Espa?

3)  Even without the makeup on, his facial scarring would give him away if he tried to go incognito.

4)  As he listened to my request for a chat, I felt his low-toned reply give him away as a man under pressure.

5)  Mr. Singh's fingerprints. They believed that would destroy the only characteristic that could give him away

6)  A bride-to-be has started an online campaign to get Hollywood actor Tom Hanks to give her away on her big day.

7)  Patrick Bronte's old snobbery resurrected itself once more and he refused to give her away at the wedding.

8)  ... kidney cancer, won't be there to walk her down the aisle and give her away on her big day.

9)  ... got married last month and I was pleased and proud that she wanted me to give her away.

10)  ... one which her father walked her down the aisle to give her away during her colorful wedding.

11)  ... my uncovered hair, my words would carry little weight -- my uncovered head would give me away, that stigma of an unmarried woman, the girl who chose her ...

12)  I could never get away with a murder because the dandruff would give me away.

13)  My biggest worry was that my heartbeat would give me away. I took a deep breath, told myself to maintain eye contact ...

14)  In case this exercise itself didn't give me away, I'm a Systems Analyst, through and through. 

15)  And my pot belly would always give me away as an oldie, even if my antiquarian, Gulliver's Travels spectacles ...

16)  A mask and cape may give you away as a superhero in the movies, but in real life it's ...

17)  ... you can hide behind a name or a computer, but your attitude will always give you away.

18)  ... beginning to realize that it's not your pension cheque or your subway tickets that give you away. It's your attitude.

19)  You might blend right in, but the minute you open your mouth, you give yourself away.

20)  I don't think I'm a good liar. I will always blush or give myself away