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    Something's got to give

    Dear Teachers,

    What does the above expression mean?
    Does "give" mean "happen," as in, "What gives?"
    Alternatively, does ithe phrase mean, "Something has to be compromised?"

    Thank you,


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    Re: Something's got to give

    Here, "give" means yield, or give way, or open up, not exactly as in happen.
    It is a prediction, and means "something is unstable in this situation and is likely to change."

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