indian-giving

Indian giver

noun Informal: Sometimes Offensive.
a person who gives a gift and then takes it back.

Origin:
1825–35

Indian giving, noun


This term is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by American Indians. However, it originally referred to their custom of giving a gift and expecting an equivalent gift in return. See also Indian.
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Indian giver
 
n
offensive (US), (Canadian) a person who asks for the return of a present he has given
 
Indian giving
 
n

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