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2011.02.24

To “hand it to” someone can mean to pass it to them, like one runner in a relay race handing the baton to the next. But it can also be a way to verbally pat someone on the back for a job well done.

Let's look at this latter meaning more closely, shall we?

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(I) HAVE TO HAND IT TO (you)   (私はあなたに)敬意を表します

Explanation

  • To say that you have to hand it to someone is to give them credit for something.
  • have to hand it to someone と言うと、何かについて相手を称賛する、敬意を表す、という意味になります。
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(I) HAVE TO HAND IT TO (you)

examples

  1. I have to hand it to you, Jake, your idea for the new logo is brilliant!
  2. You have to hand it to them, they sure know how to throw a party.
  3. (client to contractor employees)
    I really have to hand it to you people, you have exceeded my expectations.

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