Express gratitude for a minor favor or advantage, as in My bag didn’t get on the plane but it did arrive in time—give thanks for small blessings. This expression is usually uttered when one encounters an unexpected bit of good fortune.
- Give the benefit of the doubt
Regard someone as innocent until proven otherwise; lean toward a favorable view of someone. For example, Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she’s right. [ Mid-1800s ]
- Give the creeps
see: the creeps
- Give the go-ahead
see: go ahead , def. 1.
- Give the nod
verb phrase To give approval; confer permission: Detroit has tightened the reins on the boys in the sheet metal design department while giving the nod to the engineers (1940s+)