throw in the towel


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throw in the towel

A boxer’s seconds throw a towel into the ring to signal that they want to stop the fight and save him further punishment.
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Verb1.throw in the towel - give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat; "In the second round, the challenger gave up"
Translations
die Flinte ins Korn werfen
rendre les armes
bedobja a törülközõt
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