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The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September

Give oneself away

HeknerHekner Posts: 1,346 mod
"... if you care, don't let them know,
Don't give yourself away ..."

to give away - to reveal or make something known, often unintentionally; also, betray or expose someone

She gave away her true feelings.

He gave away his accomplices.

This idiom is sometimes put as give oneself away, as in If you don't want the family to know about your gambling, don't give yourself away by spending your winnings. (The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms)

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  • FrankFrank Posts: 3,611 mod

    “There is much to learn about mothering, she said -
    you will need to give beyond your limits,
    yet not give yourself away.
    you will need to soothe and calm,
    even when peace eludes you.
    you will be required to believe without any doubts
    when others shake their heads and sigh.
    to trust your instincts, and follow your heart,
    digging into depths that you never even knew
    were there.
    you will need to give your all,
    and then let go.
    encouraging their growth, cheering their flight,
    all the while watching pieces of yourself fly away.
    and when it's over, your job turns to you.
    and offering all that you've learned to yourself.
    it will be time to mother you.”

    —Terri St. Cloud
  • bubblibubbli Nightingale Posts: 12,300 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I was so excited that I gave away all the ideas during internal meeting.
  • shah51272shah51272 Posts: 212 ✭✭
    If I give away all my past to you then you will not even like to talk with me.
    @Frank please point out my mistakes.
  • FrankFrank Posts: 3,611 mod
    edited March 29
    @shah51272 If I gave away all about my past, you probably wouldn't talk to me anymore.
    Post edited by Frank on
  • shah51272shah51272 Posts: 212 ✭✭
    Thanks @Frank
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