Posted by Ryan on June 22, 2007
In Reply to: Given up posted by ESC on June 21, 2007
: : I cannot find any info on the origin of "given up for the dead", can anyone please help me out here?
: I think it's -- given up for dead. Assuming that someone is no longer among the living. "When you didn't come home at midnight, I gave you up for dead. I was planning what to wear to the funeral." Said to a child who didn't make it home by curfew.
That's not exactly what I was looking for... yes there is a saying "given up for dead" but, it seems to be an abbreviation of "given up for the dead", as both of these phrases are used. I am interested in the origin of this phrase.