to yield up the ghost


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ghost \Ghost\ (g[=o]st), n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS.
   g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g[=e]st spirit,
   soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.]
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   1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.]
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            Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament.
                                                  --Spenser.
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   2. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased
      person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a
      specter.
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            The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose. --Shak.
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            I thought that I had died in sleep,
            And was a blessed ghost.              --Coleridge.
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   3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a
      phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the
      ghost of an idea.
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            Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the
            floor.                                --Poe.
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   4. A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the
      surfaces of one or more lenses.
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   Ghost moth (Zool.), a large European moth ({Hepialus
      humuli}); so called from the white color of the male, and
      the peculiar hovering flight; -- called also {great
      swift}.

   Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit; the Paraclete; the Comforter;
      (Theol.) the third person in the Trinity.

   To give up the ghost or To yield up the ghost, to die; to
      expire.
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            And he gave up the ghost full softly. --Chaucer.
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            Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered
            unto his people.                      --Gen. xlix.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yield \Yield\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yielded; obs. p. p. Yold;
   p. pr. & vb. n. Yielding.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden,
   [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make
   an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to
   cost, to be worth, G. gelten, OHG. geltan to pay, restore,
   make an offering, be worth, Icel. gjalda to pay, give up,
   Dan. gielde to be worth, Sw. g[aum]lla to be worth, g[aum]lda
   to pay, Goth. gildan in fragildan, usgildan. Cf. 1st Geld,
   Guild.]
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   1. To give in return for labor expended; to produce, as
      payment or interest on what is expended or invested; to
      pay; as, money at interest yields six or seven per cent.
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            To yelde Jesu Christ his proper rent. --Chaucer.
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            When thou tillest the ground, it shall not
            henceforth yield unto thee her strength. --Gen. iv.
                                                  12.
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   2. To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth. "Vines
      yield nectar." --Milton.
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            [He] makes milch kine yield blood.    --Shak.
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            The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their
            children.                             --Job xxiv. 5.
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   3. To give up, as something that is claimed or demanded; to
      make over to one who has a claim or right; to resign; to
      surrender; to relinquish; as a city, an opinion, etc.
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            And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown.
                                                  --Shak.
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            Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame.
                                                  --Milton.
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   4. To admit to be true; to concede; to allow.
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            I yield it just, said Adam, and submit. --Milton.
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   5. To permit; to grant; as, to yield passage.
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   6. To give a reward to; to bless. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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            Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
            And the gods yield you for 't.        --Shak.
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            God yield thee, and God thank ye.     --Beau. & Fl.
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   To yield the breath, To yield the breath up, {To yield
   the ghost}, To yield the ghost up, To yield up the ghost,
      or To yield the life, to die; to expire; -- similar to
      To give up the ghost.
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            One calmly yields his willing breath. --Keble.
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