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be quits (with someone)

1. Of two or more people, to no longer owe any money to each other. I paid you back last week, so now we're finally quits.
2. To be even (with someone), typically due to having retaliated for a previous misdeed, or having returned a favor. All right, he hit you, you hit him back—please tell me you two are quits now.
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call it quits

1. To stop working. I've still got a few jobs to do around the ranch before I can call it quits for the day.
2. To end a partnership of some kind, often a romantic relationship. I'm so sad to hear that Mara and John called it quits—I thought those two would be together forever.
3. To abandon a particular pursuit. Luke dreamed of playing pro basketball, but he had to call it quits after a serious knee injury.
4. To acknowledge that a debt has been paid. Thank you for paying me back—now we can call it quits.
See also: call, quits

double or quits

A wager, undertaken after a previous wager, that stipulates two possible outcomes: if the winner of the previous wager wins again, they win twice the amount won in the previous wager; if they lose, they receive nothing. Primarily heard in UK. Come on, one more match, double or quits! If you win, you don't have to pay. I beat my brother at billiards for the second time in our double-or-quits game. Now he owes me 100 quid instead of 50!
See also: double, quits

quit (some place)

To depart from some place. If you think you can just quit this town and walk away from your debts, you've got another think coming. I've had enough of your sass—I'm quitting this place for good!
See also: quit

quit (something) cold turkey

To stop doing something abruptly. The phrase is most often used to describe the sudden cessation of a drug. After smoking for so long, I should have never tried to quit cold turkey—the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable. I'm so impressed that you quit gambling cold turkey!
See also: cold, quit, turkey

quit on (one)

1. To stop functioning, either properly or at all, especially while one is in the middle of using it. I can't believe this crappy old computer quit on me when I was halfway through my term paper! I've been looking for a new lawnmower ever since our old one quit on us last week.
2. To stop helping, supporting, or assisting one in some endeavor. A lot of my friends quit on me after I had my baby because they couldn't appreciate how much my priorities had changed. Sam is a bright kid, but he needs a lot of encouragement. If you quit on him, he'll quit caring too.
3. To give up; to stop putting in the required effort. No, no, you can't stop moving now, we're nearly at the camp. Don't you quit on me now!
4. To quit or resign from one's job, especially very suddenly or unexpectedly. Nearly a third of my team has quit on me over the last six months—at this rate, we won't have enough staff to finish even one of our projects by Christmas! I don't want to just quit on them, but every day I stay in that job feels like torture.
See also: on, quit

quit over (someone or something)

To quit or resign from one's place of employment. Although he didn't say it, it's pretty clear that Tom quit over the lingering suspicions surrounding him. I can't believe you quit over some bozo who was being mean to you.
See also: over, quit

quit while (one) is ahead

To cease, end, or give up (doing) something in which one has found some amount of success, especially so as not to risk spoiling or reversing that success. Look, that's good enough for what we need, so let's just quit while we're ahead. If we monkey around with the settings too much, we could screw the whole thing up. As soon as I made a bit of a profit playing poker, I decided to quit while I was ahead—no sense ending the night worse off than I began. I appreciate your compliment, but you should quit while you're ahead, because you're starting to veer off into creepy territory.
See also: ahead, quit, while

quit while the going is good

To cease, end, or give up (doing) something before it becomes too difficult or the consequences become too severe. There are some reports that the market is about to take a dive, so I reckon we should quit while the going's good. Listen, kid, there's no way you can win this fight, so why don't you quit while the going is good?
See also: going, good, quit, while
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

call it quits

to quit; to resign from something; to announce that one is quitting. Okay! I've had enough! I'm calling it quits. Time to go home, John. Let's call it quits.
See also: call, quits
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

call it quits

Stop working, abandon something, give up, as in John is calling it quits for now or This ground is far too stony for a garden so I'm calling it quits. This idiom comes from cry quits, dating from the 1600s and meaning "declare even" or "get even." The verb call was substituted in the late 1800s. Also see call it a day.
See also: call, quits
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

call it quits

1. If you call it quits, you decide to stop doing something or stop being involved in something. The disco stays open until the last customer is ready to call it quits. He and Moira had finally called it quits.
2. If you call it quits, you agree with someone else that neither person owes the other money. I'll give you twenty pounds and we'll call it quits.
See also: call, quits
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

call it quits

1 agree or acknowledge that terms are now equal, especially on the settlement of a debt. 2 decide to abandon an activity or venture, especially so as to cut your losses.
The origin of the -s in quits is uncertain: the word may be an abbreviation of the medieval Latin quittus , meaning ‘discharged’, which was used on receipts to indicate that something had been paid for. The phrase is recorded from the late 19th century, but an earlier form, cry quits , dates back to the mid 17th century.
See also: call, quits
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

call it ˈquits

(informal) decide to end an argument, a disagreement, etc. at a point where both sides are equal: I know I upset you, but you said some nasty things to me too. Can’t we just call it quits and try to forget it? OPPOSITE: even the score
See also: call, quits

ˌdouble or ˈquits

(British English) (American English ˌdouble or ˈnothing) (in gambling) a risk in which, if you lose you will have to pay twice the amount of money you owe, or if you win, will not owe anything
Quits means that two people are now equal and do not owe each other anything, especially money.
See also: double, quits

be ˈquits (with somebody)

1 be in a position in which neither of two people owe each other money any more: If I give you $10, then we’re quits, aren’t we?
2 have done something unpleasant to somebody who did something unpleasant to you: He crashed my motorbike last year and now I’ve crashed his car, so we’re quits.
See also: quits
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

call it quits

To stop working or trying; quit.
See also: call, quits
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

call it quits, to

To stop doing something, either permanently or temporarily. Quits here has the meaning of acquittal or discharge, that is, release from obligation; the implication is that one has done enough and so has discharged one’s obligation. American in origin, the expression appears in a letter of Jack London’s (1898): “Tomorrow I would cut my throat and call quits with the whole cursed business.”
See also: call, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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