Garaus

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Substantivized form of gar aus (totally finished, literally completely out).[1][2] Compare English carouse.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈɡaːɐ̯ʔaʊ̯s]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Garaus m (genitive Garaus, plural Garaus)

  1. (archaic) very end
  2. (archaic, by extension) downfall
    Synonym: Untergang

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Usage notes[edit]

Fossil word, only used in certain set phrases: jemandem den Garaus machen (to do someone in, to kill).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Garaus” in Duden online
  2. ^ Garaus” in Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, 16 vols., Leipzig 1854–1961.