One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Deliver a wanted person to authority.‘a voice told him to come out and give himself up’
- ‘James decides to give himself up and is brought before the court system.’
- ‘Only the next morning, with armed troops surrounding the palace of justice, did the two give themselves up.’
- ‘I suggest you give yourself up now, the punishment will be more lenient if you do.’
- ‘Police had been trying for two days to persuade Carl Roland to give himself up.’
- ‘She took the knife used for peeling fruit that she had carried out of the kitchen and stabbed him before running downstairs to give herself up at the police station.’
2Stop hoping that someone is still going to arrive.‘oh, it's you—we'd almost given you up’
- ‘Thank God you're O.K. - we'd given you up.’
- ‘I was about to give you up and go to bed.’
- ‘Mrs General complained of a headache, and of being fatigued; and so, when we gave you up, she went to bed, dear.’
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