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give oneself up

Surrender, as in They gave themselves up to the police. [ Second half of 1500s ]
Devote or abandon oneself completely, as in She gave herself up to her research. [ Second half of 1500s ]
Also see: give up
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  • For it is not enough to give oneself up to the sacred duty of succour.

    The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel
  • It was impossible to be with her and not give oneself up to her charm.

    The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond
  • It is hard entirely to share another people's life, to give oneself up to it, to be received into it.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds

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