throw in (one's) hand

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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
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.

throw in your hand

If you throw in your hand, you give up trying to do something because you know you cannot succeed. We must increase the military and diplomatic pressure on him to throw in his hand. Note: In card games such as poker, if you throw in your hand, you put your cards on the table to show that you accept that you have lost.
See also: hand, throw
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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