Idiom of the Week: Throw in the Towel

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Meaning: To quit; to give up

Examples:

The job was just too stressful, so I threw in the towel.

Don’t throw in the towel yet! You’re almost finished!

I always finish what I start – I never, ever, ever throw in the towel.

 

Pop Quiz:

People usually throw in the towel when…

A. they can’t go on anymore.

B. they still have enough time and energy to complete a task.

C. they really enjoy what they’re doing.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is A. People usually throw in the towel (that is, they quit) when they can’t go on (that is, continue) anymore. Sometimes it’s okay to give up – like when you’re running and you feel like you’re going to faint, or when you’re eating and you feel full. But when it comes to studying English, never, ever, ever throw in the towel!

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One thought on “Idiom of the Week: Throw in the Towel

  1. Sze Wong says:

    I recalled ,I tried to knitted a vest. By the time I finished in half ,my knitting teacher who moved to florida. Finally I threw in the towel. It’s a pitty.

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