bow out
intransitive verb Date: 1942 retire, withdraw; also lose <
bowed out in the first round of the tournament
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  • bow out — (of (something)) to not to do something you said you would do. An accident forced Billy to bow out of the show just before the first performance …   New idioms dictionary

  • bow out — verb 1. remove oneself from an obligation He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved • Syn: ↑chicken out, ↑back off, ↑pull out, ↑back down • Hypernyms: ↑retire, ↑withdraw …   Useful english dictionary

  • bow out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms bow out : present tense I/you/we/they bow out he/she/it bows out present participle bowing out past tense bowed out past participle bowed out to give up a job or position, especially when you have had it for …   English dictionary

  • bow out — v. (D; intr.) ( to give up ) to bow out as (he had to bow out as a contender) * * * [ baʊ aʊt] (D; intr.) ( to give up ) to bow out as (he had to bow out as a contender) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bow out — PHRASAL VERB If you bow out of something, you stop taking part in it. [WRITTEN] [V P of n] The Royal Family should bow out gracefully, while they still can... [V P] He had bowed out gracefully when his successor had been appointed …   English dictionary

  • bow out — {v.}, {informal} 1. To give up taking part; excuse yourself from doing any more; quit. * /Mr. Black often quarreled with his partners, so finally he bowed out of the company./ * /While the movie was being filmed, the star got sick and had to bow… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bow out — {v.}, {informal} 1. To give up taking part; excuse yourself from doing any more; quit. * /Mr. Black often quarreled with his partners, so finally he bowed out of the company./ * /While the movie was being filmed, the star got sick and had to bow… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bow\ out — v informal 1. To give up taking part; excuse yourself from doing any more; quit. Mr. Black often quarreled with his partners, so finally he bowed out of the company. While the movie was being filmed, the star got sick and had to bow out. 2. To… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bow out — Elwood decided to bow out before the New Hampshire primary Syn: withdraw, resign, retire, step down, pull out, back out; give up, quit, leave, pack it in …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • bow out — resign so someone else can serve, step down    When Dad sees that I can manage the firm, he will bow out …   English idioms

  • bow out — Synonyms and related words: abandon, abscond, beat a retreat, bundle, bundle off, depart, disappear, dismiss, duck out, egress, escape, evacuate, exit, get out, give the air, give the gate, go on furlough, go on leave, go out, hustle out, leave… …   Moby Thesaurus

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