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give away the shop

Slang definitions & phrases for give away the shop

give away the store

verb phrase

(also give away the keys to the store) To concede too much; be overly generous: His opponents complained that Dinkins would give away the store to his friends in labor/ to reinforce the president without giving away the shop/ the Republican Congressional leaders had given them ''the keys to the store'' (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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