give (someone) up for lost

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Definition of give (someone) up for lost

: to decide that someone cannot be helped or saved He was desperately ill, and most of the doctors had given him up for lost.

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“Give (someone) up for lost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20%28someone%29%20up%20for%20lost. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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