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[giv-uh-wey] /ˈgɪv əˌweɪ/
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.
Origin of giveaway
1870-75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase give away Unabridged
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Examples from the web for giveaway
  • Get inside info on our latest shows, fun facts you can share with friends and the occasional giveaway.
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  • Many more changed their names, clothing and other giveaway features of their ancestry to escape persecution.
  • Finally, they were taught to dissociate it from that colour and learn that a different colour was the giveaway.
  • Sadly, this giveaway is disingenuous and also something of a gamble.
  • The scale of the giveaway certainly sounded impressive.
  • And let's not forget the biggest governmental giveaway of capital ever, free or nearly free land for the taking.
  • The other giveaway of their abrasive choice of food is the orcas' dental wear and tear.
  • The author pays model is actually a pure giveaway to publishers.
British Dictionary definitions for giveaway

give away

verb (transitive, adverb)
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
(Austral & NZ, informal) to give up or abandon (something)
a betrayal or disclosure of information, esp when unintentional
(mainly US & 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 & Canadian) a radio or television programme characterized by the award of money and prizes
  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

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 giveaway



: a giveaway show/ giveaway offer

  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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