gim·​me | \ ˈgi-mē How to pronounce gimme (audio) \
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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Against Jamaica, the U.S. wasn’t scoring on gimmes or defensive breakdowns. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Rock Star U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Makes World Cup," 15 Oct. 2018 This game did not figure to be a gimme for Washington. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Huskies hold on for a needed victory, topping San Diego 66-63 behind Jaylen Nowell’s 18 points," 13 Nov. 2018 Forget food and water, gimme Chrissy and John forever. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Stuns in First Post-Baby Red Carpet Appearance," 6 Sep. 2018 Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, did a great interview with the Today show about grounding the gimmes. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "'Tis The Season For Spoiled and Entitled Kids (And the Surprising Way to Undo the Damage)," 13 Dec. 2011 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gimme

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

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