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    Give over

    "The witness said that, after a month spent detained at the police station in Sanski Most, he was transferred to Manjaca camp in mid-June. 'I was given over to the military police which ran the camp with a group of other prisoners. The camp itself was run by the army but its security personnel also included police personnel. Police from Kljuc were particularly notorious for their cruelty in beating up prisoners,' he said."

    I take it that "given over" in the above sentence is synonymous with "handed over." Would you say that's correct? I didn't know "give over" could mean "hand over."

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    Re: Give over

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "The witness said that, after a month spent detained at the police station in Sanski Most, he was transferred to Manjaca camp in mid-June. 'I was given over to the military police which ran the camp with a group of other prisoners. The camp itself was run by the army but its security personnel also included police personnel. Police from Kljuc were particularly notorious for their cruelty in beating up prisoners,' he said."

    I take it that "given over" in the above sentence is synonymous with "handed over." Would you say that's correct? I didn't know "give over" could mean "hand over."

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    Yes, that's right "I was given over" means the same as "I was handed over".

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    Re: Give over

    So would the following sentence be correct?

    X gave the laptop over to Y.

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    Re: Give over

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    So would the following sentence be correct?

    X gave the laptop over to Y.

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    Yes, that would be correct. It would be appropriate in some situations.

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    Re: Give over

    Yes, "given over" is colloquial speak for "handed over" or transferred in this instance.

    The same logic can not be extended to "give over". It does not mean "hand over".

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    Re: Give over

    Quote Originally Posted by magimagicE View Post
    Yes, "given over" is colloquial speak for "handed over" or transferred in this instance.

    The same logic can not be extended to "give over". It does not mean "hand over".
    The phrasal verb "to give over" has various meanings.

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    Re: Give over

    In your sample sentence, "given over" meant that his case or his incarceration was transferred to another group which would watch him. The paragraph gives you the clue to its meaning.

    Give over the money would mean hand it over.

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