give up the ghost

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To quit; to cease functioning.

Etymology:

  • Attested since the Old English period.
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My old computer finally gave up the ghost the other day.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'give up the ghost':

give up the ghostTo cease clinging to life; to die.
give up the ghostTo cede a commitment to or identification with.
Give Up the GhostStop trying or give up when you know it is useless and you will not succeed
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