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throw up (one's) hands

To express or indicate exasperated despair or hopelessness; to submit or give up, especially in a dejected or frustrated manner. I'm ready to throw up my hands after trying to train this unruly puppy. Don't just throw up your hands if you don't get it right—you have to keep trying!
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throw up (one's) hands

To indicate or express utter hopelessness: He threw up his hands and abandoned the argument.
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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.

throw up one's hands, to

To express despair, frustration, or exasperation. Although this gesture must be very old indeed, the expression appeared in print only from the late nineteenth century. George M. Fenn used it in The Double Knot (1890): “The woman threw up her hands and reeled.”
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