call it quits

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call it quits

1. To stop working. I've still got a few jobs to do around the ranch before I can call it quits for the day.
2. To end a partnership of some kind, often a romantic relationship. I'm so sad to hear that Mara and John called it quits—I thought those two would be together forever.
3. To abandon a particular pursuit. Luke dreamed of playing pro basketball, but he had to call it quits after a serious knee injury.
4. To acknowledge that a debt has been paid. Thank you for paying me back—now we can call it quits.
See also: call, quits

call it quits

to quit; to resign from something; to announce that one is quitting. Okay! I've had enough! I'm calling it quits. Time to go home, John. Let's call it quits.
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call it quits

to stop doing something A number of county fairs have called it quits because of a lack of interest.
Usage notes: often said about an effort to accomplish something: Brant called it quits this morning after traveling nearly 12,000 kilometers in the balloon.
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call it quits

 
1. (informal) to stop doing something The relationship had been going from bad to worse and we just decided it was time to call it quits.
2. (informal) to agree with someone that a debt has been paid and that no one owes money to anyone You paid for the theatre tickets so if I pay for dinner we can call it quits.
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call it quits

Stop working, abandon something, give up, as in John is calling it quits for now or This ground is far too stony for a garden so I'm calling it quits. This idiom comes from cry quits, dating from the 1600s and meaning "declare even" or "get even." The verb call was substituted in the late 1800s. Also see call it a day.
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call it quits

Informal
To stop working or trying; quit.
See also: call, quits
References in classic literature ?
of less than no account - until you and I cry quits.
I think that the time is not far off when that dear lady and I can cry quits.
You shall hear at once what sort of folk the Browns are--at least my branch of them; and then, if you don't like the sort, why, cut the concern at once, and let you and I cry quits before either of us can grumble at the other.
Idomeneus vaunted over him and cried with a loud voice saying, "Deiphobus, since you are in a mood to vaunt, shall we cry quits now that we have killed three men to your one?