throw up the sponge

throw up the sponge

To quit, abandon, or give up on some endeavor; to admit defeat or failure. 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 up the sponge. After trying their hand in the mobile market for just a few years, the company is already throwing up the sponge after finding very little success.
See also: sponge, throw, up
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