toss in the sponge

toss in the sponge

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

verb
See also: sponge, toss
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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At the same time, they could not openly toss in the sponge on civil rights without facing certain defeat at home.