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throw in the towel

throw in the towel

Date: Apr 20 2006


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I think people throw in the towel too early on in relationships.”

Mel Gibson, sharing his opinion about people in relationships.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

give up, quit

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

To throw in the towel means to quit or give up. Someone in a stressful or difficult job might want to throw in the towel and find a job that is more fulfilling.

In the example above, Mel Gibson is saying that relationships are not treated seriously nowadays. He thinks that people give up and divorce or break up too easily, instead of working together to build a strong and healthy relationship.

For example, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston threw in the towel after being married for a number of years.

Have you thrown in the towel on something recently?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“My job is just too difficult. I think I’m going to throw in the towel and find something better.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

zjlovehhy admit failure and doing not very well.
by zjlovehhy
hossein99 admit defeat
by hossein99
lean.z maybe it's for "give in".
by lean.z
It mostly means ''giving up to defeat'' or ''give up after a long or short fight''
by tha girl
by whshlisa
give up
by zily
give up doing something
by mary117
talitapb give up
by talitapb
alexandrew don't care ot not cherish, give up too easily.
by alexandrew
to confess oneself lose,to surrender,
by knowhana
To throw in the towel means to give up, to concede, to abandon because of some difficulties, it means to refuse to react and try to patch everything up in a relationship for example.
by CR@Zy_Pe@NuT
nakajima To THROW IN THE TOWEL is a term that comes from BOXING, which means TO GIVE UP. After several years practicing martial arts, I haven´t learned anything. I think I should throw in the towel.
by nakajima
give up (figthing), feel defeated and quit, just as in boxing.
by estelachemen
To give up.
by hschuster
quite something with a lame excuse-
by amirbiglarbeigi
to decide on something very quickly without any experience
by yalcinmerve
give up
by Lindsay
think too important in relationship
by daffinger
ivy_tao i think it means to give up something,or accept the lost.
by ivy_tao
rilla give up
by rilla
people give up too early and never try to do something
by Tina Lin
Leah_ to admit defeat
by Leah_
In my opinion,this sentence means when people make friends,them shouldn't too hurry.And don't believe the other people easily.
by jujulinna
danhp1 Give up or admit that you have been defeated.
by danhp1
it means give up in something
by Antoo_
I think it means to give up or to knock down.
by blueeye
natavee to give up after a long struggle
by natavee
To give up
by jaga
What Mr. Gibson says is that nowadays couples easily give up when starting to get into argues and disagreements instead of trying to look for ways of solving these differences.So we conclude that it means not to try and just walk away.
by Jocelyn

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Triple H and others near to the ring began to cry out to the police to stop it, though Undertaker refused to throw in the towel”.

07:30 AM Aug 02 2007 |



awesome.. finally Slang comes w/ audio.. keep it up~

01:33 AM Apr 24 2006 |




Although the project is too difficult,I will not throw in the towel in the project

08:19 AM Apr 20 2006 |

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