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    Give up the ghost

    Hi everyone. Can you explain verb give up the ghost following sentence, please?

    ~ She’s never going to marry you. Why don’t you just give up the ghost and move on with your life?

    We usually use this idiom to describe to stop working. But, I think that the sentence which is above is completely different.

    - My old computer finally gave up the ghost the other day.

    - We've had the same television for fifteen years and I think it's finally about to give up the ghost.

    - He had not been to town since spring because his car had given up the ghost.

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    Re: Give up the ghost

    Quote Originally Posted by Lemon~Tree View Post
    ~ She’s never going to marry you. Why don’t you just give up the ghost and move on with your life?
    The other sentences you quoted are fine, but this one is not natural.

    "To give up the ghost" means "to die", either literally or figuratively. It's usually applied to inanimate objects or projects rather than people or animals.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Give up the ghost

    In your original sentence "give up" would be sufficient.

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