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    #1

    do up / to ruin

    Hi There!

    Reading an old Phrasal Vebs dictionary I found the usage of do up as to ruin.

    The example says : a dishonest firm can easily do up its competitors.

    I would like to know if this usage is idiomatic in AE or BE nowadays.

    Many Thanks for your help, I treasure it.

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    Re: do up / to ruin

    It's not a usage I'm familiar with.

    Do IN is to ruin, desroy, end.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: do up / to ruin

    I, a speaker of BrE am not familiar with it, either.

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    #5

    Re: do up / to ruin

    Not a teacher.

    I have never heard or seen „do up“ used in this way.
    On the contrary: I know it is used a lot in real estate marketing for old or run-down houses, or structural ruins in some extreme cases. They are advertised as “do-ups”, i.e. properties that need doing up (renovation, repair work, modernisation).
    (And if they are not total dumps and about to fall apart, they are advertised as needing “TLC”, Tender Loving Care – another marketing euphemism I find very funny.)

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