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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Then in the second half, after Ebron dropped a strike from Brissett in the end zone, Vinatieri missed what should have been a gimme -- a 29-yarder. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Missed tackles, missed kicks cost Colts in 30-24 loss to Chargers," 8 Sep. 2019 Gust was a bit emotional but mainly drained from walking 54 holes over three days in early August with no mulligans or gimmes. Teddy Greenstein,, "Jealous golfers wanted Lisa Simpson to quit because she kept winning Park Ridge Country Club championships. Mike Ditka told her to ‘keep beating their ass.’," 4 Aug. 2019 That’s 11 1-yard gimmes in two seasons; Sanders finished his career with 12 1-yard rushing touchdowns, good for a tie for 164th on the NFL’s all-time list, along with Tom Freakin’ Brady, and one less than Drew Freakin’ Brees. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Nobody can match Barry Sanders' epic 10-year run. The numbers prove it," 22 July 2019 Lastly, even more than the 2017 tax cut, this one would be almost exclusively a rich person’s gimme. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Incredibly, GOP senators are demanding billions more in tax cuts for the rich," 30 July 2019 Still, credit the staff with closing the deal, as this wasn't a gimme after coach John Beilein left for the NBA. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball and Franz Wagner are a perfect fit for this season," 7 July 2019 Despite the good starting position, the win was no gimme for Savell, who had Fraser taking looks to the inside in the turns throughout the race. Antioch Speedway, The Mercury News, "Antioch Speedway: DeCarlo has strong finish in Firecracker 50," 4 July 2019 There are no gimmes in the NFL and the Browns’ first eight games are certainly not that. Dan Labbe,, "What does the Browns record need to be in the season’s first half? Cleveland Browns 19 questions," 2 July 2019 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

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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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