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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
  1. 2
    do for someone British old-fashioned to regularly clean someone elses house and cook for them

    Mrs Bradley used to come in twice a week to do for us.

  2. 3
    be done for
    1. a.
      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.

    2. c.
      to be so tired that you cannot continue

      I’m afraid Oates is pretty well done for – he can’t walk any further.

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