throw up (one's) hands

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etc.

A shortening of "et cetera," a Latin phrase literally meaning "and the others," used to allude to or include other similar things without naming them directly. I didn't do much today besides housework—you know, the laundry, the dishes, etc. It's a birthday party, so we'll just have cake, ice cream, etc.

throw up (one's) hands

To submit or give up. I'm ready to throw up my hands after trying to train this unruly puppy. Don't just throw up your hands—keep trying.
See also: hand, throw, up

horror

throw up one's hands

Indicate or express utter hopelessness. For example, Jim was getting nowhere so he threw up his hands and abandoned the argument. This idiom alludes to a traditional gesture for giving up.
See also: hand, throw, up

throw up (one's) hands

To indicate or express utter hopelessness: He threw up his hands and abandoned the argument.
See also: hand, throw, up
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