done for

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done for

  1. Exhausted, worn out, as in This old computer is just about done for. [Colloquial; c. 1800] Also see done in.

  2. Doomed to death or destruction, as in Before he went to the hospital it seemed as if he was done for. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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