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Verb: to die in a submissive, peaceful fashion; or to die quickly, with finality, often brutally.
The freight-train barreling towards him, his foot still stuck, no time, he decided to give up the ghost.
by xmadmardiganx November 29, 2005

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To stop trying to do something because you aren't getting what you want for your efforts
I wanted to get back with my ex but now I'm 'bout to give up the ghost.
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to die, but can be used in reference to inanimate objects, ie, to stop working. In the case of subject matter, it means to reveal a secret, punchline, or conclusion.
Micah's birthday party is to be a surprise, but Brian might give up the ghost.
by Brian McManus June 07, 2006

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To die, break, stall, or malfunction.
I was late to work today because my car decided to give up the ghost.
by Jeff WebDog November 14, 2009

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to die, to succumb
If he does give up the ghost, love will never be the same.
by The Return of Light Joker March 01, 2009

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