giveaway








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

  1. constituting a giveaway: a giveaway newspaper.
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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