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"give up the ghost" in British English

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give up the ghost

to ​die humorous If a ​machine gives up the ghost, it ​stopsworking: Our ​old TV had ​finally given up the ghost. UK to ​stoptrying 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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