throw in one's hand(redirected from throw in hand)
throw in (one's) hand
To give up; to abandon or stop doing something. I know you're disappointed with the result, but don't throw in your hand—the final exam is worth twice as much. You'll never find a fulfilling, long-term relationship if you throw in your hand as soon as you have a big fight.
throw in one's hand
Give up, abandon, as in I'm through trying to assemble it; I'm throwing in my hand. This expression comes from card games such as poker, where it is used to retire from the game. Its figurative use dates from the 1920s.