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British expression (need explanation) please?

Asked by elbanditoroso (15081 points ) 1 month ago

In a couple of recent books and movies, I have read/hear the phrase “honors to” someone for doing something or another. Usually it’s with regards to politics, but not always.

From the context, it would seem to mean:

> I want to give you credit for….

or

> Kudos…

But it seems to me that there’s a more nuanced meeting—not just complimenting but also showing respect.

Can any of the native Britons shed some light on what the nuance of “honors to ..” means?

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It depends on context.

The correct and traditional meaning is to have inferred on you an additional rank or title, perhaps a military medal, an MBE or an increase in military rank. If the honours (with a u) are being given by your mate down the pub it means nothing more than thanks and possibly a free pint.

But also, to “give the honours” to someone also means to delegate a task to them. For instance in a business meeting your boss might say something like; ”...and for the sales report, I’ll give the honours to Jack.” or ”...Jack has the honours for that.”

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