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say uncle

  (American informal)
to admit that you have been defeated
Usage notes: In children's fights, a child being held down had to say 'uncle' before being allowed to get up.
I'm determined to show them I can be a star. I'm not going to say uncle.
See also: say, uncle

say uncle

tv. to admit defeat; to give up. I never say uncle. I just keep right on going.
See also: say, uncle
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If he's doing panto he can't come over to the States and his nieces and nephews are heartbroken at Christmas time when we say Uncle John is not coming, because when Uncle John comes, it's party time.
Here he examines the key political, diplomatic, and military processes that shaped the NATO's crisis management, and how it utilized airpower as its key instrument of strategy to coerce the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to say uncle.
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For all the brickbats hurled at him, there is the critic's temptation to just say uncle, to agree to be amused if not absolutely charmed, to assert that, regardless of the apparent vulgarity of certain individual works, Hirst possesses that supremely uncritical attribute, "talent.