fold (up) (one's) tent

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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
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And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
Those who remain private are under immense pressure, both financial and regulatory, and many will fold their tents.
And it will have to be done by force, because the protesters will not just fold their tents and creep off home.
He pointed out that the protesters decided to fold their tents and leave the place after Hadi asked them to leave for security reasons.
A continuing stream of small and mid-sized businesses in all sectors will fold their tents, move or redesign themselves.
As more firms fold their tents or navigate layoffs, caution and honest conservatism are now more important than ever.
Coach Dick Jauron 2007 7-9 QB Trent Edwards RB Marshawn Lynch Are the Bills a team on the rise under the third-year coach or are they ready to fold their tents, pose for the passport photos, and prepare to migrate to Canada?
But about mid-March, the contenders need to fold their tents and head home.
A combination of forces and business decisions has given C I Host the solid foundation that has enabled it not only to withstand, but to thrive in the unsettled economic climate that has forced other firms to cut back, withdraw and sometimes fold their tents.
And I'm biting down harder to keep from saying: Yeah, and a lot of people did fold their tents against USC.
Recruiters tell me that when they explain about a vacation policy of one week the first year, candidates visibly fold their tents.
Your campaign showed how easy it is for these people just to fold their tents and move on and then reappear again under a different identity," he said.
They were too good a team to fold their tents and walk away,'' Johnson said.