give (someone or something) up for lost(redirected from give them 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.
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.