To have a big heart, to give generously

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  • It is a self-explanatory expression of 18th century. If you find a needy person on the road in the cold weather without a shirt, you will take your own shirt off to help him and would lend your shirt to him as it would mark your greatness. In the same way , today if you do any act which shows your kindness and generosity, it would be like “giving the shirt off your back” to someone.
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In the time of need, he is always found giving the shirt off his back that is why people just love him.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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