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
References in classic literature ?
Kelly and others near to the ring began to cry out to the police to stop it, though Danny's corner refused to throw in the towel.
Kevin Durant is refusing to throw in the towel on Oklahoma City's hunt for a maiden NBA crown, despite the Thunder needing a minor miracle to pull it off.