to give someone the shirt off your back

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - give someone the shirt off your back

"to give someone the shirt off your back"

to be very kind and generous and do anything to help


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - give someone the shirt off your back

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  My car broke down recently and Alice,as busy as she is with her kids, has offered to drive across town, way out of her way, to pick me up for work every day.

Friend 2:  That's very generous of her.

Friend 1:  Alice is so very kind.  She'd give you the shirt off her back.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - give someone the shirt off your back

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I can't believe how very kind and generous the whole town has been since our house burned down. We have a place to live and clothes on our back.

Friend 2:  Isn't it great to be living in a small town where everyone helps everyone else.

Friend 1:  Living in a place where a whole town is willing to give us the shirts off their backs has a really nice feeling.

to give someone the shirt off your back - Usage:


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to give someone the shirt off your back - Gerund Form:

Giving a stranger the shirt off your back means that you are a generous person.

to give someone the shirt off your back - Examples:

1)  ... such a kindly gentleman and so honest and compassionate, he would give you the shirt off his back. Awesome!

2)  ... a guy who wouldn't hesitate to give you the shirt off his back; a humble helper involved with most of our ...

3)  He'd basically give you the shirt off his back. He'd help everybody.

4)  He was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back.

5)  He is a fantastic character, he'd give you the shirt off his back

6)  He was so generous. He'd give you the shirt off his back.

7)  They are kind, warm, generous and funny people who would give you the shirt off their back.

8)  ... say yes ma'am, thank you, bless you, where people will give you the shirt off their back, bring you home and feed you. 

9)  ... decent human beings who, to use an American saying, would give you the shirt off their back if you were in trouble ...

10)  I've met Americans against universal health care who would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it.

11)  And if you're broke and you ask, they'll give you the shirt off their back.

12)  ... were quiet, wonderful people. They would give you the shirt off their back.

13)  ... salt of the earth. Good friends, good neighbors and would give you the shirt off their back.

14)  Many of them would give you the shirt off their back, feed you with their last spoonful of food and fight for ...

15)  Stacey makes the world a better place she would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it she is a beautiful person trying to better ...

16)  She'd give you the shirt off her back. She's a very decent woman.

17)  ... on food stamps, and yet would be the first person to give you the shirt off her back if you needed it.

18)  ... people are extremely generous to the detriment of themselves (I'll give you the shirt off my back but don't dare try and give me yours!).

19)  If needed I would no doubt give you the shirt off my back if you needed it no matter what your skin color!

20)  I can assure you that I am not crazy, I have given him the shirt off my back and quite honestly I feel that he wouldn't be where he is ...