Indian giver


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Indian giver

n. Offensive
One who gives something to another and then takes or demands the gift back.
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Indian giver

n
offensive US and Canadian a person who asks for the return of a present he has given
Indian giving n
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In′dian giv`er


n.
usage: This term, though not commonly used, is usually perceived as insulting. It arose from a misconception about the customs of Native Americans.
n.
a person who gives a gift and then takes it back.

Usually Offensive.
[1825–35]
In′dian giv`ing, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Indian giver - an offensive term for someone who asks you to return a present he has given you
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
bestower, conferrer, donor, giver, presenter - person who makes a gift of property
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INDIAN GIVER (3.00) was a shade unlucky to run into the bang in-form Millefiori at Musselburgh last time and should go one better under 5lb claimer Rob Fitzpatrick.
VVROCKWEILLER was another 1.01 loser, as he was collared on the line by Indian Giver (55) in the 1m2f handicap at Ayr after going a couple of lengths clear.
It would be unfair for the government to be an Indian giver to the intended beneficiaries of the expanded tax exemption cap: Getting back with the left hand money earlier given with the right hand.
An Indian giver is an old expression--tinged with racism--and used to describe a person who gives a gift and later wants it back, or wants something equivalent in return.
TODAY'S TIPS CARLISLE: 1.50 Majestic Jess, 2.20 Indian Giver, 2.50 Marsh Dragon, 3.25 Van Percy, 4.00 Miss Mocca, 4.30 Mont Ras, 5.05 Dark Ruler, 5.35 Bocciani.
SELECTIONS CARLISLE: 1.50 Majestic Jess, 2.20 Indian Giver, 2.50 Marsh Dragon, 3.25 Van Percy, 4.00 Miss Mocca, 4.30 Mont Ras, 5.05 Dark Ruler, 5.35 Bocciani.
"He's breezing today, he'll do a h1alf-speed tomorrow and then breeze for the rest of the week TOMORROW'S TOP TIPS CARLISLE: 1.50 Majestic Jess, 2.20 Indian Giver, 2.50 Marsh Dragon, 3.25 Van Percy, 4.00 Miss Mocca, 4.30 Mont Ras, 5.05 Dark Ruler, 5.35 Bocciani.
[Racist] There may be more hurtfully racist words than gypped or Indian giver, but they all have one thing in common: They stereotype a race of people (in this case Gypsies [now known as Roma People] or American Indians) and use the race name derisively.
The phrase 'Indian giver', which describes a person who gives a present and later wants it back, has enraged a number of American Indians who consider the remark to be offensive.
What Nelson brings to the table in this well-trodden debate is a focus of the reflective lens onto the neocolonial binary between duped and non-duped that constructs Menchu as the "duplicitous Indian giver" and Stoll as the empiricist and expert (130).
THE PHRASE "INDIAN GIVER" HAS LONG BEEN A PART OF OUR AMERICAN English vocabulary, along with its derogatory connotations.

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