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giveaway

Noun

1 a gift of public land or resources for the private gain of a limited group
2 an unintentional disclosure
3 a television or radio program in which contestants compete for awards [syn: game show]

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English

Etymology

From give + away

Noun

  1. something that is given away or handed out for free
    The t-shirt was a giveaway from the company that sells the software.
  2. something that is obvious or apparent; something that reveals a secret
    The frosting in his beard was a giveaway that he had been munching the cake.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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