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to fall / drop by the wayside
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to fail to keep on doing something
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to give sth a miss
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to decide against doing something
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to give up the ghost
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to put an stop to an activity one knows has very little or no chance of achieving success
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to lift / raise a finger
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to make a minimal effort to do something, particularly in order to help someone
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to pull one's socks up
phrase
to try one's best to improve something that is not good or satisfactory enough
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to run out of steam
phrase
to lose one's enthusiasm or motivation, making one incapable of finishing a job or task
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to take a back seat
phrase
to stop doing something, particularly when there is no hope of success
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on a (silver) platter
phrase
achieved or delivered to one easily or without making any effort
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to throw one's hand in
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to give up doing something or stop being a part of something, particularly due to seeing no way of success
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to fiddle while Rome burn
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to neglect important issues and handle less important ones instead
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