to give something away

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - give something away

"to give something away"

to tell or show something that is private or secret


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - give something away

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We are planning a retirement party for Alex.

Colleague 2:  Excellent. That will be fun. What can I do?

Colleague 1:  First, keep your voice down. We don't want to give it away.

Colleague 2:  Oh, is it a surprise retirement party?

Colleague 1:  Yes, so please keep it a secret.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - give something away

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I can't tell. Is she the sister or the mother?

Friend 2:  Look at her hands. The liver spots and wrinkles give away her age.

Friend 1:  Of course. It is obvious.

to give something away - Usage:


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to give something away - Gerund Form:

Giving your friend's secrets away is not the way to stay friends.

to give something away - Examples:

1)  I don't want to give it away, but this episode has a more-or-less happy ending with a sense of uplift.

2)  ... and does not understand how giving the plot away ruins the show.

3)  Masters was something else entirely: A cold, aloof scientist who gave very little away emotionally.

4)  The E3 trailer gave very little away, only serving to wow the audience with a bit of snazzy CG.

5)  We will keep you posted regarding the replacements as I can't give a lot away right now, but yes, replacements will be coming in.

6)  ... often it's the very subtle things that they do which give a lot away.

7)  ... in the story line (which I am aware I have not given too much away) that will bring the satisfaction and enjoyment.

8)  ... a discussion of suicide but quickly rows back, fearing he's given too much away

9)  As for what the future holds, I can't give that secret away.

10)  ... an apparent scar under her arm may have given her secret away. The small line could be the result of a trans-axillary endoscopic breast ...

11)  There was really no need to tell him not to give my secret away; nothing would have induced him to do so.

12)  ... to create a story in which you don't have to give too many details away, and don't make your lie too intricate because then it becomes unbelievable.

13)  The Australian government is reluctant to give too many details away regarding the arrests and ongoing investigation but ...

14)  ... their sisters than mother and daughters, although her hands perhaps gave her real age away.

15)  I can't tell you what the stunt was because it'll give something away but ...

16)  ... but he is not trying to show his hand to the pitcher and he doesn't want to give something away.

17)  there are simply more chances for people to give something away, either idiosyncratically (by, say, sending an incriminating e-mail ...

18)  I've learned over time that the less I say, the better because I know I'm going to say something or give something away.

19)  ... but every time McShane opens his mouth he seems to give something away.

20)  If I leaked one aspect of it, it might give something away.