Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

throw in the towel

throw in the towel
1) decide to stop/give up, cease trying
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • it's time to throw in the towel (and start something new)
  • Analysis
     The idiom ‘to throw in the towel’ means to give up or to quit. This idiom comes from the world of boxing where a person throws in a towel when they admit defeat. This idiom can be used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. After four years of boxing, I got a very bad injury and had to throw in the towel.
    2. I've been trying for years to pass this exam. Maybe it's time to throw in the towel.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We couldn't compete with their prices so we had to throw in the towel and focus on our other strengths in order to make a profit.
    2. When the recession hit we couldn't afford to keep the business running so it was time to throw in the towel and stop trading.
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