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give up the ghost

To cede a commitment to or identification with.

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  • Attested since the Old English period.
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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 quit; to cease functioning.
Give Up the GhostStop trying or give up when you know it is useless and you will not succeed
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