What does throw in the towel mean?


Idiom Meaning:

give up or quit


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


The Good Heart (2010)

Time of Scene: ~00:09:00

Psychiatrist: Why did you try suicide?

Lucas: Well, you know, when it comes to survival of the fittest, I just have to throw in the towel, I guess.

Psychiatrist: But you’re not an animal, Lucas. You’re a human being. You live in highly developed society that has all kinds of buffers and security nets that are designed to break your fall.

Lucas: No, I don’t follow the rules of civilization anymore. I’m outside. I’m an animal.


The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Time of Scene: ~00:00:00

Clara: Well don’t throw in the towel yet, Agnes, dear. Those tranquilizers may see us through yet.


Victor Victoria (1982)

Time of Scene: ~00:20:20

Victoria: This is all they have.

Toddy: This? The last time I saw a specimen like this, they had to shoot the horse!

Waiter: How lucky can you get? In one evening a Rockefeller and a Groucho Marx.

Toddy: Oh, they didn’t shoot a real horse. Just a costume with two waiters in it.

Waiter: I shall think of a sharp retort while I am getting your roast chicken.

Toddy: It’s a wise man who knows when to throw in the towel.

Waiter: And it is a moron who gives advice to a horse’s arse.



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