- tired; exhausted.
- deprived of one's means, position, etc.
- dead or close to death.
British Dictionary definitions for done for
- an exclamation of frustration when something is ruined
- an exclamation when something is completed
- dead or almost dead
- in serious difficulty
Word Origin and History for done for
past participle of do; from Old English past participle gedon (a vestige of the prefix is in ado). U.S. Southern use of done in phrases like "he done gone to the store" is attested from 1827, according to OED: "a perfective auxiliary or with adverbial force in the sense 'already; completely.' " Meaning "finished" is early 15c. Slang done for "doomed" is from 1842.
Idioms and Phrases with done for (1 of 2)
Exhausted, worn out, as in This old computer is just about done for. [Colloquial; c. 1800] Also see done in.
Doomed to death or destruction, as in Before he went to the hospital it seemed as if he was done for. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with done for (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with done
- done deal
- done for
- done in
- done to a T
- easier said than done
- good as done
- have done (with)
- no sooner said (than done)
- not done
- over and done with
- seen one, seen them all (been there, done that)
- what's done is done
- when all's said and done
Also see underdo.