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to throw up the sponge

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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. to give up a contest; to acknowledge defeat; -- from a custom of the prize ring, the person employed to sponge a pugilist between rounds throwing his sponge in the air in token of defeat; -- now, throw in the towel is more common, and has the same origin and meaning.

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  • to throw in the towel

    October 25, 2012

  • "to give up a contest; to acknowledge defeat; -- from a custom of the prize ring, the person employed to sponge a pugilist between rounds throwing his sponge in the air in token of defeat; -- now, throw in the towel is more common, and has the same origin and meaning."
    --Cent. Dict.

    October 24, 2012