fold (up) (one's) tent

(redirected from fold his tent)

fold (up) (one's) tent

To quit, withdraw, or disengage (from something), especially quietly or discreetly. After allegations of embezzlement, the CEO decided to fold his tent and take an early retirement. You're going to have a lot of setbacks in life, so don't just fold up your tent and go home at the first sign of failure.
See also: fold, tent
References in periodicals archive ?
The departures of strategist John Weaver and campaign manager Adam Meldrum from Tim Cahill's gubernatorial campaign have left many wondering whether the candidate himself, running as an independent, will soon fold his tent.
The media giant had assumed that Black would fold his tent and slink out of town, leaving Gannett in a monopoly position.
LAS VEGAS -- Trainer Freddie Roach revealed in Saturday's post-fight news conference that he was concerned that Manny Pacquiao might fold his tent during a difficult eighth round in which his right eye was busted open by a tremendous right cross from Juan Manuel Marquez.