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yield up (to someone or something)
To concede or relinquish something to someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "yield" and "up." The criminal kept the employees hostage for nearly six hours before finally yielding them up. I was forced to yield up the land up to the banks because of the mortgage my father had taken out on it during the recession.
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yield someone or something up (to someone)
to give someone or something up to someone. He had to yield his daughter up to Claire. The judge required that Tom yield up his daughter to his ex-wife. Finally, he yielded up the money.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To sacrifice or concede something: The inhabitants of the city yielded it up to the invaders without a fight. I sometimes dream of yielding up the comfort of modern society to live in a cabin in the woods. The boxer held the heavyweight title for three years and then yielded it up to a young contender.
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