Indian giver
noun Date: circa 1848 a person who gives something to another and then takes it back or expects an equivalent in return • Indian giving noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • indian giver — An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Indian giver — ☆ Indian giver n. a person who gives something and then asks for it back: from the notion that a North American Indian expected an equivalent in return when giving something: now regarded by many as an offensive term …   English World dictionary

  • Indian giver — noun count AMERICAN OFFENSIVE someone who gives something to someone else and then wants it back …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Indian giver — For the 1910 Fruitgum Company song, see Indian Giver (song). For the 1910 Fruitgum Company album of the same name, see Indian Giver (album). Indian giver is an expression used mostly by European Americans to describe a person who gives a gift… …   Wikipedia

  • Indian giver — noun an offensive term for someone who asks you to return a present he has given you • Usage Domain: ↑disparagement, ↑depreciation, ↑derogation • Hypernyms: ↑donor, ↑giver, ↑presenter, ↑bestower, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Indian giver — noun A person who demands the return of or takes back something which he or she has previously given. Mark me, hell never take those bonds. . . . He gave them to you and hes not an Indian giver. See Also: Indian giving …   Wiktionary

  • Indian giver — {n. phr.} A person who gives one something, but later asks for it back. An ethnic slur; avoidable. * /John gave me a beautiful fountain pen, but a week later, like an Indian giver, he wanted it back./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Indian giver — {n. phr.} A person who gives one something, but later asks for it back. An ethnic slur; avoidable. * /John gave me a beautiful fountain pen, but a week later, like an Indian giver, he wanted it back./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Indian\ giver — n. phr. A person who gives one something, but later asks for it back. An ethnic slur; avoidable. John gave me a beautiful fountain pen, but a week later, like an Indian giver, he wanted it back …   Словарь американских идиом

  • indian giver —    An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Indian giver —   An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back …   Dictionary of English idioms

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