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give or take

Definition of give or take

  1. 1 —used to indicate that the stated amount is approximate and might be increased or decreased by a specified amount <He ran a mile, give or take a few yards.> <The movie lasted three hours, give or take a few minutes.>

  2. 2 informal —used to indicate that the stated amount is approximate and might be increased or decreased slightly <He ran a mile, give or take.>



Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the quality or state of being springy

takeplay
  1. : :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut


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