give away the store (third-person singular simple present gives away the store, present participle giving away the store, simple past gave away the store, past participle given away the store)
- (idiomatic) To transact, trade, or negotiate badly, by paying, providing, or conceding too much to the other party.
- 1987, Thomas Griffith, "Newswatch," Time, 14 Dec.:
- But he left the impression he wanted, of a man prepared to be conciliatory who would never give away the store.
- 2006, Richard Wolf, "Congress poised to pass $70B in temporary tax cuts," USA Today, 11 May (retrieved 21 June 2009):
- "Bush's tax plan offers next to nothing to average Americans, while giving away the store to multimillionaires," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.