give it up


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give it up

To stop doing something. Often used as an imperative. Give it up—Adam's a better skateboarder than you, and no amount of practice will change that. Oh, give it up already—I know you're lying.
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give up

1. To yield or relinquish something. A noun of pronoun can be used between "give" and "up." This is a prime parking space—I'm not giving it up! It would be a shame if you had to give up this apartment—it's such a great location.
2. To abandon some task or goal. Oh, don't give up—you'll get this boiler fixed eventually.
3. To stop doing something in particular, often a habit. Lots of people have given up smoking, so I'm confident that you can too.
4. To surrender or yield someone or oneself. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "give" and "up." You need to give yourself up to the cops before an innocent person gets caught in the crossfire. I know he's done some really heinous things, but he's still my brother—I can't just give him up to the authorities!
5. To lose faith in someone or something; to no longer believe in someone or something's potential for betterment. Always followed by "on." I know I've failed a lot in the past year, but please, don't give up on me. Don't give up on this team just yet.
6. To fully pledge or devote oneself to something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "give" and "up," and the phrase is always followed by "to." To deal with the grief, I gave myself up to my research.
7. To consider lost or without hope. A noun or pronoun is used after "give" or after "up." Nearly always followed by "as lost" or "for lost." I gave the pizza up for lost when it didn't arrive in two hours. We had nearly given up the situation as lost when help arrived.
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Give it up!

Inf. Stop trying!; You are wasting your time! (Fixed order.) Bob: I just can't understand calculus! Bill: Give it up! Get out of that course and get into something less cruel. Tom: I'm just not a very good singer, I guess. Sue: It's no good, Tom. Give it up! Tom: Don't you think I'm doing better, though? Sue: Give it up, Tom!
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give it up

applaud enthusiastically. informal
2004 New Zealand Listener Ladiiieees and gentlemen, give it up for Joseph Lin and the Auckland Philharmonia conducted by Steven Smith , coming to you live from the Auckland Town Hall.
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give it up (for somebody)

(informal) show your approval of somebody by clapping your hands: Give it up for Tommy!
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Give it up!

exclam. Quit now!; Enough is enough! Give it up! You can’t pitch!
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With the young guys, I sure would love to see them in the game more rather than leaving the veterans out there to give it up and then bring them in,'' Jordan said.