Indian giver

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Indian giver an offensive term for someone who asks you to return a present he has given you
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Idioms

Indian giver - An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.
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Usage

In literature:

The Moki Indians also, Hare observed, had their morning service to the great giver of light.
"The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey
He gave them to you and he's not an Indian giver.
"Kindred of the Dust" by Peter B. Kyne
Perhaps the most humiliating moment of Dulcie Cowan's childhood had been when Mary Dean had called her Indian giver.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
I believe she'd turn Indian giver and take back her gift to Overton.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
She was an Indian giver, was Split.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
I'd be mightily hurt and shocked to find out that you were an Indian giver.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
In like manner I must confess that I am an Indian giver.
"The Gentle Reader" by Samuel McChord Crothers
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