generous to a fault

generous to a fault
Cliché too generous; overly generous. •

My favorite uncle is generous to a fault.

Sally— always generous to a fault—gave away her lunch to a homeless man.

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{adj. phr.} Excessively generous. * /Generous to a fault, my Aunt Elizabeth gave away all her rare books to her old college./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • fault — 1 noun (C) 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR MISTAKE be sb s fault if something bad that has happened is someone s fault, they should be blamed for it, because they made a mistake or failed to do something: I m really sorry it s all my fault. | be sb s own fault …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fault — noun 1 responsibility for sth wrong ADJECTIVE ▪ stupid ▪ It s his own stupid fault his car was stolen he should have kept it locked. ▪ entire ▪ It was my entire fault. I ruined everything. FAULT + VERB …   Collocations dictionary

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  • fault — /fawlt/, n. 1. a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing: a fault in the brakes; a fault in one s character. 2. responsibility for failure or a wrongful act: It is my fault that we have not finished. 3. an error or mistake: a fault in addition. 4.… …   Universalium

  • fault — [[t]fɔ͟ːlt[/t]] ♦♦♦ faults, faulting, faulted 1) N SING: with poss If a bad or undesirable situation is your fault, you caused it or are responsible for it. There was no escaping the fact: it was all his fault... A few borrowers will find… …   English dictionary

  • fault — n. & v. n. 1 a defect or imperfection of character or of structure, appearance, etc. 2 a break or other defect in an electric circuit. 3 a transgression, offence, or thing wrongly done. 4 a Tennis etc. a service of the ball not in accordance with …   Useful english dictionary

  • fault — [fɔ:lt, fɒlt] noun 1》 an unattractive or unsatisfactory feature; a defect or mistake.     ↘(in tennis and similar games) a service of the ball not in accordance with the rules. 2》 responsibility for an accident or misfortune. 3》 Geology an… …   English new terms dictionary

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