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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We have to get guys to believe that they can do it, and when something goes bad, don't fold your tent.
He adds: "There's a time to live and a time to die - a time to be successful and a time to fold your tent and silently steal away.
There's a time to live and a time to die, a time to be successful and a time to fold your tent and silently steal away.
In our business, if you don't do those two things superbly, you might as well fold your tent.
Please fold your tents and destroy your temporarily built room in the square.