big of one


Generous of one, as in It was big of Bill to give his brother his entire paycheck. This expression may be used either straightforwardly (as above) or sarcastically, as in How big of you to save the absolute worst seat for me. [c. 1940]

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“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
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