throw your hand in

throw your hand in

give up; withdraw from a contest.
In card games, especially poker, if you throw your hand in you retire from the game.
See also: hand, throw

throw your ˈhand in

(informal) stop doing something or taking part in something, especially because you are not successful: If I fail again this time, I shall throw my hand in.
When you have no chance of winning in a game of cards, you throw your hand (= cards) into the middle of the table.
See also: hand, throw