Meaning of “give up the ghost” in the English Dictionary


"give up the ghost" in English

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give up the ghost

to die

humorous If a machine gives up the ghost, it stops working:

Our old TV had finally given up the ghost.

UK to stop trying to do something because you know that you will not succeed:

All I'd cherished from early childhood had been denied me, so I simply gave up the ghost.

(Definition of “give up the ghost” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)