gave the game away

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kuroh201210, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. kuroh201210 Member

    When two new luxury fashion boutiques opened in the Chinese city of Renhuai this summer, it was hard to tell they were fake at first.The storefronts, which appeared to belong to the luxury brands Louis Vuitton and Prada, bore huge photos of models posing with legit-looking products while the shelves were packed with posh handbags and accessories.It was only the misspelled branding that gave the game away. One shop called itself "Loius Vuitton", the other "Plada".This is the world of intellectual property (IP) theft, which costs European companies alone about €60bn (£52bn) in lost sales each year, according to figures from the EU's Intellectual Property Office.

    What is the meaning of gave the game away in this sentence?

    Would you buy a handbag from Plada or Loius Vuitton?
  2. coiffe

    coiffe Senior Member

    American English
    Exposed them as fakes.
  3. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Senior Member

    Cumbria, UK
    British English
    "Give the game away" can be used for almost any secret or illicit activity ("the game", although "game" is only used in this context in a few idioms). "Give away" here means to inadvertently reveal, and can be used for anything that was meant to have been kept secret.

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