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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 of giveaway
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase give away
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give away

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to donate or bestow as a gift, prize, etc
2.
to sell very cheaply
3.
to reveal or betray (esp in the phrases give the game or show away)
4.
to fail to use (an opportunity) through folly or neglect
5.
to present (a bride) formally to her husband in a marriage ceremony
6.
(Austral & NZ, informal) to give up or abandon (something)
noun
7.
a betrayal or disclosure of information, esp when unintentional
8.
(mainly US & Canadian) something given, esp with articles on sale, at little or no charge to increase sales, attract publicity, etc
9.
(journalism) another name for freesheet
10.
(mainly US & Canadian) a radio or television programme characterized by the award of money and prizes
11.
(modifier)
  1. very cheap (esp in the phrase giveaway prices)
  2. free of charge: a giveaway property magazine
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for giveaway

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.
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