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  1. beagle
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    Something's gotta give

    Dear Teachers:

    What exactly does this title of a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton mean? I'm especially curious about the use of the verb "give" as an (apparent) intransitive verb.

    Thank you in advance.

    beagle

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    Where there are two forces acting against each other, eventually something has got to give (way).

  3. beagle
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Where there are two forces acting against each other, eventually something has got to give (way).
    "To give way"! I got it. Thank you, tdol.

    beagle

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    You're welcome.

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