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.
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How to use giveaway in a sentence
Some of it was unnecessary giveaways, like making the Bush tax cuts permanent for most brackets.
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British Dictionary definitions for give away
to donate or bestow as a gift, prize, etc
to sell very cheaply
to reveal or betray (esp in the phrases give the game or show away)
to fail to use (an opportunity) through folly or neglect
to present (a bride) formally to her husband in a marriage ceremony
Australian and NZ informal to give up or abandon (something)
a betrayal or disclosure of information, esp when unintentional
mainly US and Canadian something given, esp with articles on sale, at little or no charge to increase sales, attract publicity, etc
journalism another name for freesheet
mainly US and Canadian a radio or television programme characterized by the award of money and prizes
very cheap (esp in the phrase giveaway prices)
free of charge: a giveaway property magazine
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Other Idioms and Phrases with giveaway
Make a gift of, bestow, as in I decided to give away all my plants. [c. 1400]
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