throw up one's hands

throw up (one's) hands

To submit or give up. I'm ready to throw up my hands after trying to train this unruly puppy.
See also: hand, throw, up

throw up one's hands

Indicate or express utter hopelessness. For example, Jim was getting nowhere so he threw up his hands and abandoned the argument. This idiom alludes to a traditional gesture for giving up.
See also: hand, throw, up