`give out’

When you say that something `gave out’, what you mean is that it has become old and has stopped working.” In other words, you are saying it has worn out.

Examples:  ”My neighbour’s car finally gave out when he was taking his wife to the hospital.” *  ”Your sandals look as though they are ready to give out.” * ” My motorcycle will probably give out in another six months.”

Source:  ‘Know Your English’ Series – The Hindu Daily, October 10, 2005.

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