give over (v.) Old form(s): giue o're, giue ouer , giues ore
cease, finish, leave off
Cym II.iii.15[Cloten to musicians, of his suit to Innogen] I'll never give o'er
Luc.1567[of Lucrece ripping a painting of Sinon] At last she smilingly with this gives o'er
Per IV.ii.25[Pander to Bawd] Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty a proportion to live quietly, and so give over
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