throw in one's hand

throw in (one's) hand

To give up on some endeavor; to quit or abandon something. An allusion to card games, especially poker. I've been working on this book for over a year, and I'm getting nowhere with it. I think I'm ready to throw in my hand. You'll never find a fulfilling, long-term relationship if you throw in your hand as soon as you have a big fight.
See also: hand, throw

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.
See also: hand, throw