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English definition of “give up the ghost”

give up the ghost

to die Death and dyingNot functioning humorous If a machine gives up the ghost, it stops working : We've had the same TV for over ten years and it's just given up the ghost.Not functioning 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.Stop having or doing something
(Definition of give up the ghost from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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