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23rd September 2017

Give or take

We use this expression to give an approximate number.
Usage
Written: 
Yes
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
How much money have you got on you?
About £20, give or take a quid.
Example 2
How many people were at the conference?
500, I'd say. Give or take a few.