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[giv-uh-wey] /ˈgɪv əˌweɪ/
an act or instance of giving something away.
something that is given away, especially as a gift or premium:
A pocket calculator was offered as a giveaway with every new subscription to the magazine.
a radio or television program on which prizes are given away to contestants in a question-and-answer game.
a tax law or other legislation designed to benefit one segment of the population, one area or state, etc.:
a giveaway that benefited only the very rich.
an unscrupulous deal, especially one that benefits some while defrauding others.
Sports. any careless loss of possession of a ball, puck, etc., or other offensive lapse that leads to a score by the opponent.
constituting a giveaway:
a giveaway newspaper.
Origin of giveaway
1870-75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase give away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Showing more than a normal interest would have been a giveaway.

    The K-Factor Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
  • I almost halted in alarm, but that might have been a giveaway.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
  • But in spite of the giveaway, Ingolby was getting them where they were soft-fairly drugging them with good news.

  • Only his hands were a giveaway; they were stained with yellow and black stains that looked completely out of place on the man.

    The Professional Approach Charles Leonard Harness
  • Even the way they shake whenever they come out of the mud is a giveaway—what better way to seed their crop far and wide?

    The Native Soil Alan Edward Nourse
Word Origin and History for giveaway

also give-away, "act of giving away," 1872, from phrase give away, c.1400 (of brides, from 1719); meaning "to betray, expose, reveal" is 1878, originally U.S. slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for giveaway



: a giveaway show/ giveaway offer


  1. Anything that reveals something concealed; clue; dead giveaway: She talked harsh, but the smile was a giveaway (1882+)
  2. A gift, prize, etc, esp one given to attract business; freebie (1872+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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