give-up the ghost

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give-up the ghost pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
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Idioms

Give up the ghost - People give up the ghost when they die. Machines stop working when they give up the ghost.
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Usage

In literature:

But he would not give up; he would not accept the ghost of his victim as a reality.
"The Lone Star Ranger" by Zane Grey
They say old Johannes Maartens lived longest, not giving up the ghost for a full fifteen days.
"The Jacket (The Star-Rover)" by Jack London
I knew if they didn't want me that I might as well give up the ghost, for I could never get away from China.
"Real Soldiers of Fortune" by Richard Harding Davis
Cat-fish do not give up the ghost in a hurry.
"Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and, Other Papers" by John Burroughs
But, of course, I do not give up the ghost.
"The Human Machine" by E. Arnold Bennett
The joy of the Holy Ghost comes when a man gives himself up to the Christlike work of carrying the love of God to men.
"The Master's Indwelling" by Andrew Murray
If a man smite another so that he give up the ghost, what is the penalty that he shall pay?
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
It was like giving up hope to the last vestige, like giving up the ghost.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
And exactly when the circulating libraries breathed their last sigh the publishers of fiction would sympathetically give up the ghost.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
The poor ox, apparently, had no idea of giving up the ghost quite yet.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
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In poetry:

I glory in infirmities,
Yet daily am sham'd of these;
Yea, all my pride gives up the ghost,
When once I but begin to boast.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
"This is the dumb and dreary hour
When injured ghosts complain;
When yawning graves give up their dead
To haunt the faithless swain.
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley
Let worldlings then indulge their boast,
How much they gain or spend!
Their joys must soon give up the ghost,
But mine shall know no end.
"The Lord Is My Portion" by John Newton
A process in the weather of the world
Turns ghost to ghost; each mothered child
Sits in their double shade.
A process blows the moon into the sun,
Pulls down the shabby curtains of the skin;
And the heart gives up its dead.
"A Process In The Weather Of The Heart" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

It was not a good time for Miguel Torres' 4-year-old computer to give up the ghost.
Time to Give Up the Ghost , Romney: Honey Boo Boo Endorses Barack Obama.
Time to Give Up the Ghost, Romney: Honey Boo Boo Endorses Barack Obama.
Giving Up the Ghost,' by Eric Nuzum.
Eric Nuzum On " Giving Up The Ghost".
Y'all dont reckon the old girl just got tired of the direction in which the country was headed and decided to give up the ghost, do you.
Impounded, channelized, and pumped dry, the river gives up the ghost in the desert at Fort Quitman and is resuscitated at Presidio by the Rio Conchos.
And the curator of the Poe House, who has spent years protecting the famed writer's legacy and fanning the flames of the toaster 's legend, is about ready to give up on the ghost.
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In science:

Bender, C. M. & Mannheim, P. D. 2008 Giving up the ghost. J.
PT symmetry as a necessary and sufficient condition for unitary time evolution
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