On Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:55:21 -0400, Marius Hancu
Post by Marius Hancu
A very sullen-faced man stood at the corner of O'Connell Bridge waiting
for the little Sandymount tram to take him home. He was full of
smouldering anger and revengefulness. He felt humiliated and
discontented; he did not even feel drunk; and he had only twopence in
his pocket. He cursed everything. He had done for himself in the office,
pawned his watch, spent all his money; and he had not even got drunk.
James Joyce, Dubliners (Counterparts)
1. "He had done for himself": ?
Didn't find this idiom. Irish?
In addition to the other comments:- It is not specifically Irish.
In a situation so bad that it is impossible to get out.
‘if the guard sees us, we're done for’
‘We thought it was done for but then after much jumping up and
down and sand throwing we unbeached it.’
That seems to refer to a boat stuck on a beach. If they can't get it
into the water the boat will be "done for" in the sense of not being
useable as a boat.
‘At the end of the fifth book about the schoolboy spy, we
thought our young hero was done for.’
In that the young hero would be "done for" as a spy, unable for some
reason to continue spying (discovered to be a spy / captured / even
Peter Duncanson, UK