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25 / 11 / 2008

THROW IN THE TOWEL: meaning and examples

Good morning. 

Today's expression is: to throw in the towel

Meaning: to admit that you have been defeated or have failed, and to stop trying.

Apparently, this phrase comes from boxing, since a fighter indicates surrender by throwing a towel into the boxing ring.

Example 1:
Despite losing the election, John McCain has not thrown in the towel on his political career. He will continue to serve in the US Senate.

Example 2:
Due to the company filing for bankruptcy, the union was forced to throw in the towel and settle their dispute with the company.

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