throw in the towel


1. decide to stop/give up, cease trying






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it's time to throw in the towel (and start something new)

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 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.

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  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.

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  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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