give somebody/something up for lost

give (someone or something) up for lost

To stop pursuing or searching for someone or something because it seems like a futile task. I haven't been able to find that watch for weeks, so I've given it up for lost at this point.
See also: give, lost, up

give up for lost

To consider lost or without hope. A noun or pronoun can be used after "give" or after "up." I gave the pizza up for lost when it didn't arrive in two hours. We had nearly given up the situation for lost when help arrived.
See also: give, lost, up

give somebody/something up for ˈlost

(formal) stop looking for somebody/something because you no longer expect to find them/it: The fishermen had been given up for lost in the storm but they have now arrived safely back.
See also: give, lost, somebody, something, up
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