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    Give up that monster

    A girl said to a boy standing with a gun in his hand "I thought you gave up that ghost".
    I know what it means,but I never heard of gave up that ghost before.

    I want to know how natural and common it is to say something like that?




    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Give up that monster

    For me, more context is needed.

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    #3

    Re: Give up that monster

    Why does your title say "give up that monster" but your thread is about "give up that ghost"? Which one is it?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Give up that monster

    Girl said,"What are you doing here" while the boy was talking to someone who provides guns,I thought you gave up that ghost.
    Boy:No xbox around here and I need to do something with my hands,Unless you have got any better ideas.


    That's all I got.

    PS: Boy had been warned about not playing with the arms anymore

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    #5

    Re: Give up that monster

    What about my question in post #3?
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    #6

    Re: Give up that monster

    Stupid mistake. I request if you Could let it slide this time
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 31-Oct-2015 at 11:11. Reason: Merged two posts

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    #7

    Re: Give up that monster

    Where is this dialogue from? I have to say that "give up that ghost" makes no sense to me.
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    #8

    Re: Give up that monster

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post

    I want to know how natural and common it is to say something like that?


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Gurpreetgill4u:

    Whenever I want to see whether an expression is used by authors, I go to the "books" section of Google (where thousands of books have been digitalized for our enjoyment). I found dozens of examples.

    1. "I gave up that ghost a long time ago. I've moved on. And she's one of my closest friends now." -- SAME TIME NEXT WEEK (2015).

    2. "He couldn't teach them anything, for they were too cold to concentrate, and so quickly he gave up that ghost and had them play games." -- LOVE AND INFAMY (1995).

    3. "He slammed the main door shut. I knocked but then gave up that ghost after several failed attempts." -- GROWN AND SEXY (2006).


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    Thank you for asking that question.

    I had long known about "to give up the ghost." For example: "Well, I guess that we'd better get out and start walking. The car has finally given up the ghost."

    I had not, however, heard of "that ghost" until I learned it from you. Thank you.

    I will definitely use it. For example, "I used to get very upset over the terrible way many people act, but as I get older, I have given up that ghost, and I now just try to forget about the matter." I think that is a much more interesting way than to say "I used to get very upset over the terrible way many people act, but as I get older, I realize that the situation is hopeless, so I simply am not going to waste time agonizing over it."
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Nov-2015 at 16:41. Reason: Fixed quote box

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    #9

    Re: Give up that monster

    I have only heard 'give up the ghost' meaning to die or expire, stop working, etc. It often implies a long struggle towards the end.
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