throw in the towel
also throw in the sponge phrasal to abandon a struggle or contest ; acknowledge defeat ; give up

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • throw\ in\ the\ towel — • 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 towel — ► 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 towel — If you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • throw in the towel — verb give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat (Freq. 1) In the second round, the challenger gave up • Syn: ↑drop out, ↑give up, ↑fall by the wayside, ↑drop by the wayside, ↑throw in, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw in the towel —    If you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you throw in the towel, you admit that you cannot succeed.     After unsuccessfully competing in several… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • throw in the towel — Sponge Sponge (sp[u^]nj), n. [OF. esponge, F. [ e]ponge, L. spongia, Gr. spoggia , spo ggos. Cf. {Fungus}, {Spunk}.] [Formerly written also {spunge}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of Spongi[ae], or Porifera. See Illust. and Note… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throw in the towel — AND throw in the sponge; toss in the sponge tv. to quit; to give up. (From boxing where a towel or sponge thrown into the ring indicates that a boxer has given up.) □ I can tell when it’s time to throw in the towel, and this is that time. □ The… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • throw in the towel — to admit defeat or failure. The union was forced to throw in the towel and settle their bitter dispute with the company. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of throwing a towel into the ring in boxing (= signaling that a fighter can no longer …   New idioms dictionary

  • throw in the towel —    to concede defeat    Boxing imagery, from what the second does when his fighter is unable to continue:     I ve got to go to Rummidge to see my lawyer tomorrow. I could instruct him to throw in the towel. (Lodge, 1995) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • throw in the towel — quit fighting, give up    Don t throw in the towel. One more year and you ll graduate …   English idioms

  • Throw in the towel —   If you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something …   Dictionary of English idioms

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