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    Give Up For Dead

    I have a question about the usage of "give up for dead" and "leave for dead". In stead of contexts involving real death, could those phrases be used figuratively? Any examples?

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    You give some examples of what you mean.

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    So, they should not be used figuratively?

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    It depends. Give us some context and then we can comment.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    How about "These students did not improve after much tutoring, and the teachers gave them up for dead" ?

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    No.

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    No. You might say "the teachers gave up on them".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    So, "give up for dead" and "leave for dead" don't have too many figurative uses?

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    Re: Give Up For Dead

    Not that I can think of, no.

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