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.
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I was about ready to fold up my tent and go home, then I got a couple of cheap points,'' said Purcell, who said his body was sore from going ``overboard'' on the slipping and sliding that has become trademark of his flamboyant style.