throw up one's hands
phrasal to admit defeat <
in the end throws up his hands in despair — Frank Conroy
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  • throw up one's hands — ► throw up one s hands raise both hands in the air as an indication of one s exasperation. Main Entry: ↑throw …   English terms dictionary

  • throw up one's hands — verb see throw up * * * throw up one s hands To raise one s hands as an expression of exasperation, despair, horror, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑throw * * * raise both hands in the air as an indication of one s exasperation …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw up one's hands — verb To cease an attempt because it is perceived as doomed. I see it warnt a bit of use to try to go ahead Id got to throw up my hands. Syn: give up, throw in the towel …   Wiktionary

  • throw up one's hands — raise both hands in the air as an indication of one s exasperation. → throw …   English new terms dictionary

  • throw up one's hands — {v. phr.} To give up trying; admit that you cannot succeed. * /Mrs. Jones threw up her hands when the children messed up the living room for the third time./ * /When Mary saw the number of dishes to be washed, she threw up her hands in dismay./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw up one's hands — {v. phr.} To give up trying; admit that you cannot succeed. * /Mrs. Jones threw up her hands when the children messed up the living room for the third time./ * /When Mary saw the number of dishes to be washed, she threw up her hands in dismay./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw\ up\ one's\ hands — v. phr. To give up trying; admit that you cannot succeed. Mrs. Jones threw up her hands when the children messed up the living room for the third time. When Mary saw the number of dishes to be washed, she threw up her hands in dismay …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw up one's hands — give up trying, admit that one cannot succeed He threw up his hands and decided to let the students go home early …   Idioms and examples

  • throw up one's hands in horror — {v. phr.} To be horrified; feel alarmed; give up hope of straightening things out; be shocked by something terrible. * /When Mrs. Brown saw the mess the children were making in her living room, she threw up her hands in horror./ * /Everybody… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw up one's hands in horror — {v. phr.} To be horrified; feel alarmed; give up hope of straightening things out; be shocked by something terrible. * /When Mrs. Brown saw the mess the children were making in her living room, she threw up her hands in horror./ * /Everybody… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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