throw in the sponge
phrasal see throw in the towel

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • throw in the sponge — or[throw up the sponge] or[throw in the towel] {v. phr.}, {informal} To admit defeat; accept loss. * /After taking a beating for five rounds, the fighter s seconds threw in the sponge./ * /When Harold saw his arguments were not being accepted, he …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw in the sponge — or[throw up the sponge] or[throw in the towel] {v. phr.}, {informal} To admit defeat; accept loss. * /After taking a beating for five rounds, the fighter s seconds threw in the sponge./ * /When Harold saw his arguments were not being accepted, he …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw\ in\ the\ sponge — • throw in the sponge • throw up the sponge • throw in the towel v. phr. informal To admit defeat; accept loss. After taking a beating for five rounds, the fighter s seconds threw in the sponge. When Harold saw his arguments were not being… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw in the sponge — ► throw in the towel (or sponge) 1) (in boxing) throw a towel (or sponge) into the ring as a token of defeat. 2) admit defeat. Main Entry: ↑throw …   English terms dictionary

  • throw in the sponge — phrasal or throw up the sponge or throw in the towel Etymology: fr. the practice of a boxer s second of throwing a sponge or towel into the ring for his fighter to wipe his face, this being taken as an admission that they were no longer willing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw in the sponge — Go to throw in the towel …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • throw in the sponge — informal to stop trying to do something because you know that you cannot succeed. Three of the original five candidates have now thrown in the towel …   New idioms dictionary

  • Throw in the sponge — give in; accept defeat …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • throw in the sponge — Australian Slang give in; accept defeat …   English dialects glossary

  • throw in the sponge or towel — idi+inf throw in the sponge or towel, to concede defeat; give up …   From formal English to slang

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