Definition of “throw in the towel” - English Dictionary

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“throw in the towel” in English

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throw in the towel

to admit defeat

throw in the towel

C2 to stop trying to do something because you have realized that you cannot succeed:

Three of the original five candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have now thrown in the towel.

(Definition of “throw in the towel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“throw in the towel” in American English

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throw in the towel

to admit that you are defeated or cannot do something any more:

Jim beat me for the fourth time, so I threw in the towel.

(Definition of “throw in the towel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)