to give up the ghost



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - give up the ghost

"to give up the ghost"

to die

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - give up the ghost

"to give up the ghost"

to stop operating

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - give up the ghost

"to give up the ghost"

to stop operating

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - give up the ghost

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What happened to the old fellow in the apartment above yours? He always plays his old-fashioned music so loudly.

Friend 2:  He gave up the ghost last week.

Friend 1:  He died?

Friend 2:  I am sorry to say, yes.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - give up the ghost

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I see we got a new photocopier-printer combo.

Colleague 2:  It's nice, isn't it?

Colleague 1:  Hard to imagine that the company would pay for a new piece of equipment.

Colleague 2:  They had no choice. The old one gave up the ghost.

Colleague 1:  Good. After years of repairs and periods of it not working at all, it finally stopped working for good.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - give up the ghost

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I think I am finished with trying to get my idea accepted by management.

Colleague 2:  Don't give up the ghost just yet.

Colleague 1:  Why not?

Colleague 2:  I heard some of the management team talking about your idea. There still might be a chance.

Colleague 1:  OK. Thanks for that news. I'll keep working on it.





to give up the ghost - Usage:

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to give up the ghost - Gerund Form:

Giving up the ghost, the man died quietly in his sleep.

Giving up the ghost, the car permanently stopped working.

Giving up the ghost, he quit trying to learn to play the guitar.



to give up the ghost - Examples:

1)  The deceased reportedly gave up the ghost after he was ran over by a speeding car as he tried to cross the ...

2)  ... left the race as his tyres simply gave up the ghost - a huge bang as the right rear just exploded.

3)  ... lamented that though his late sister had responded to treatment but gave up the ghost when she could not get adequate care.

4)  Hurrell turned and chased, but gave up the ghost very early. Would he have stopped him? Not sure.

5)  ... got lost, the alternator belt tore, and finally the alternator gave up the ghost.

6)  He gave up the ghost in the late hours of Wednesday. His death came as a shock to all

7)  The strong dollar gave up the ghost yesterday in the aftermath of Yellen's fairly dovish speech.

8)  Vanguard gathered that the wife slipped into coma before she finally gave up the ghost in the hospital.

9)  ... after lengthy talks with his team car, he finally decided to give up the ghost with 100km to go.

10)  Maybe it is time to give up the ghost already and just start working towards 2017.

11)  ... had been frustrated by such a clearance. Spa refused to give up the ghost in the second half, but as chances fell by the wayside they must have ...

12)  When our dishwasher decided to give up the ghost, I researched which was better: hand-washing or machine washing.

13)  Vardy's refusal to give up the ghost shows non-league talent can still shine at the top level.

14)  I am more determined than ever not to give up the ghost, we must fight until the final hour.

15)  When to give up the ghost and when to battle on resisting change is the question.

16)  the specialist told her the ligaments allowing unnatural bends would eventually "give up the ghost" and land her in a wheelchair by the age of 30 if she did ...

17)  ... of study, through history, we know an average army would give up the ghost and flee if it lost more than 10% of its force.

18)  The disks will give out; the Dimms will give up the ghost too. Every element of that physical system has a shelf life.

19)  I had no choice but to give up the ghost and retreat home to my Bullets, tail between my legs!

20)  They never gave up, they didn't just give up the ghost.