give someone up for lost

give someone up for lost
stop expecting that a missing person will be found alive

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give someone up for lost
: to decide that someone cannot be helped or saved

He was desperately ill, and most of the doctors had given him up for lost. [=most of the doctors said that he would die]

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Main Entry:lost

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