gim·​me | \ˈgi-mē \
plural gimmes

Definition of gimme 

1 : a short putt in golf conceded to an opponent in casual or match play

2 : something easily achieved or won especially in a contest

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There were adjustments made for the long day, even though the golfers all said mulligans were not allowed and few gimme putts permitted. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "A Lake Bluff golf course needs private funding to stay open. Local golfers are doing all they can to make it happen.," 3 July 2018 Most of the potential Democratic pickups are in the Philadelphia suburbs, and three are all but gimmes in the general election. New York Times, "Pennsylvania’s Primary: Congressional Races to Watch," 14 May 2018 But, in further proof that sports are simply a reflection of real life, America botched a gimme and ruined everything. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "Missing the World Cup Is Like Detention for the United States," 13 June 2018 The United States, along with Canada and Mexico, had what was considered a gimme bid for the 2026 tournament until Morocco came along. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Why you shouldn't root for these countries in the 2018 World Cup," 12 June 2018 All to keep a House seat that should have been a GOP gimme — and that will likely vanish by November, when a new congressional map is expected to be in place. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Democrats can win back Trump voters and 4 other takeaways from the Pennsylvania special election," 14 Mar. 2018 Fortunately, matchups with the Pistons, Grizzlies (2x), and Mavericks should be gimmes. Sean Meagher,, "Trail Blazers links: Damian Lillard cracks ESPN's MVP rankings," 13 Mar. 2018 Stivers was right that the race should have been a GOP gimme. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "A Special Showdown in Trump Country," 11 Mar. 2018 Clark had a tough first half with just five points on 2 of 5 shooting and a missed gimme under the basket just before halftime. Chris Hays,, "AAC Tournament: Top-seeded Cincinnati fights off SMU in quarterfinals," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gimme

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gimme

from gimme, contraction of give me

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: something that is easily done, achieved, won, etc.

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