Given up

Posted by ESC on June 21, 2007

In Reply to: Given up posted by Ryan 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.