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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see do, for.
- (transitive, Britain) to doom; to bring about the demise of
- Smoking did for him in the end.
- She's done for!
- 1918, Siegfried Sassoon, The General
- "He's a cheery old card," muttered Harry to Jack
- As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.
- . . .
- But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses,chapter 16
- --That bitch, that English whore, did for him, the shebeen proprietor commented. She put the first nail in his coffin.
- To do cleaning or other household chores for.