give credit

  1. Also, extend credit . Trust someone to pay at some future time what he or she owes. For example, I haven't enough cash this month, so I hope they'll give me credit . This use of credit dates from the mid-1500s.

  2. Acknowledge an accomplishment, as in They really should give her credit for the work she's done . [Late 1700s] The phrase is sometimes amplified to give credit where credit is due , meaning the acknowledgment should be to the person who deserves it. This expression was probably coined by Samuel Adams in a letter (October 29, 1777), which put it: “Give credit to whom credit due.” It is sometimes put give someone their due , as in We should really give Nancy her due for trying to sort out this mess .

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Example Sentences

It was one of the many moments that I give credit to our writers for being so courageous and bold in their choices.

To prove we're not total Grinches, we will also give credit where it's due and cheer the best surprises.

“They had no chance to obtain a credit line since the bank does not give credit,” he said.

You have to give credit where credit is due: Democrats are particularly skilled in exploiting issues to their political advantage.

To give credit where credit is due, Cohen does accurately identify some important and relevant points.

And Tony, proud, ever eager to give credit to a friend, nodded toward Gus.

Here the scales of testimony were balanced, for the jury knew not to which party to give credit.

Your partiality will give credit, that all has hitherto been done which was possible, but without effect.

I give credit to my opponents in Parliament for that desire quite as readily as I do to my colleagues or to myself.

My belief is that the fellows who give credit have spies about at every railway terminus in the kingdom.





give color togive free rein to