give (something) up as a bad job

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (something) up as a bad job

:to stop trying to do something because it cannot be done
  • I tried my best to persuade him, but in the end I gave it up as a bad job.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

bad play
  1. : failing to reach an acceptable standard : poor

  2. : unfavorable

  3. : not fresh : spoiled

  1. : something that is bad

  2. : an evil or unhappy state

  3. : fault

  1. : badly

job play
  1. : a regular remunerative position

  2. : a specific duty, role, or function

  3. : something that has to be done : task

  1. : to do odd or occasional pieces of work for hire

  2. : to carry on public business for private gain

  3. : to carry on the business of a middleman or wholesaler

  1. : of or relating to a job or to employment

  2. : used in, engaged in, or done as job work

  3. : that is for hire for a given service or period

  1. : the hero of the book of Job who endures afflictions with fortitude and faith

  2. : a narrative and poetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see Bible Table


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