give or take

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give or take

  1. (informal) Approximately; plus or minus some unknown amount.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:approximately
    He was six feet tall, give or take.
  2. (informal) Approximately; within a certain margin of error.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:approximately
    six months, give or take a few days
    • 2019 May 19, Alex McLevy, “The final Game Of Thrones brings a pensive but simple meditation about stories (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      Individual episodes are still thrilling and often quite striking, give or take some pitch-black battle scenes. But the gradual ramping up of the plotting that has grown steadily in the past three seasons crossed some invisible Maginot line this year, where the formerly acceptable trade-offs of focus for fun are no longer quite so taken for granted.

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