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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydo for
he/she/itdoes for
present participledoing for
past tensedid for
past participledone for
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  1. 1
    do something for someone informal to make someone feel interested or excited
    Ken wants to buy a new Porsche, but sports cars don’t do anything for me.
  2. 2
    be done for
    1. a.
      informal to be likely to be punished, hurt, or killed
      If the guards see us, we’re done for.
    2. b.
      informal if something is done for, it is in such bad condition or so badly damaged that it cannot be used
      We’re going to have to buy a new photocopier – this one’s done for.
    3. c.
      to be so tired that you cannot continue
      After this next batch I’m afraid I’ll be done for.
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