give (someone) up as a bad job

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give (someone) up as a bad job

To cease trying to get someone to change because it seems like a futile task. Just give him up as a bad job—you'll never get him to be the responsible man you're looking for.
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give somebody/something up as a bad ˈjob

(informal) decide that it is impossible to do something or to change somebody and then stop trying to do it: ‘Are you still studying Japanese?’ ‘No, I gave it up as a bad job. It was far too difficult for me!’
See also: bad, give, job, somebody, something, up