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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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 The issue is a gimme for her opponent, Supervisor Deanna Alexander, the most conservative County Board member. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County candidate had expletive-laden Facebook rants on her hatred of police," 12 Feb. 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

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

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