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giveaway

[giv-uh-wey] /ˈgɪv əˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an act or instance of giving something away.
2.
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.
3.
a radio or television program on which prizes are given away to contestants in a question-and-answer game.
4.
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.
5.
an unscrupulous deal, especially one that benefits some while defrauding others.
6.
Sports. any careless loss of possession of a ball, puck, etc., or other offensive lapse that leads to a score by the opponent.
adjective
7.
constituting a giveaway:
a giveaway newspaper.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase give away
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Word Origin and History for give-away

giveaway

n.

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 give-away

giveaway

modifier

: a giveaway show/ giveaway offer

noun
  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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