to call it quits

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - call it quits

"to call it quits"

to stop working or trying;

to quit


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - call it quits

"to call it quits"

to agree with someone that a debt has been paid and that no one owes money to anyone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - call it quits

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What time is it?

Colleague 2:  It is eight o'clock at night.

Colleague 1:  I know we really wanted to finish this part of the report today but I think it is time to call it quits for the day.

Colleague 2:  Good idea. Let's go home and rest up so we can go at it again tomorrow.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - call it quits

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  That was an awesome trip but it is sure nice to be home again.

Friend 2:  Let's settle up the accounts. We split the cost of the hotel and meals but you paid for all the gas for your car. That doesn't seem fair.

Friend 1:  We'll take your car next trip and you can pay for the gas.

Friend 2:  Excellent. Then we can call it quits.

Friend 1:  All even, fair and square.

to call it quits - Usage:


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to call it quits - Gerund Form:

Calling it quits when everyone is too tired to continue working is wise.

Calling it quits when a each have paid their share is harmonious.

to call it quits - Examples:

1)  ... his battle with a chronic elbow problem has been a concern that forced him to call it quits to his career spanning 15 years.

2)  ... stop having more good times than bad times, it's time to call it quits.

3)  I fear the day she will call it quits and hang up her apron for good.

4)  We're not going to call it quits because things get difficult.

5)  Yet, the warrior inside her refused to call it quits.

6)  Eva may not even want him back. She's ready to call it quits on their relationship.

7)  Obviously, your body can get worn out but realistically, most guys call it quits in their mid- to upper 30s.

8)  The former couple -- who announced their decision to call it quits in May 2016 and finalized their divorce in December ...

9)  ... the nervous system, even the muscles--that it's time to call it quits for the day.

10)  It was not an easy decision for Chan to call it quits especially when she had kept the business going for 65 years.

11)  ... is still going strong, long after most of its original clients called it quits

12)  ... called it quits, announcing that he was closing his main fund after almost three decades.

13)  While this is not the first time that the on-again-off-again couple have called it quits, it looks like a permanent split this time.

14)  So we called it quits and headed home to settle our nerves with a cup of tea.

15)  Half a dozen retailers called it quits within recent months, and two more are about to join them: the bankrupt ...

16)  They're incredibly dark periods and countless times, I felt like calling it quits. But my injuries taught me how to come out stronger. 

17)  ... the group announced that it was calling it quits due to threats of violence. It had withdrawn its application ...

18)  After every new feature, he murmurs about calling it quits, but he's always returned for more.

19)  ... was on the verge of calling it quits a couple of times due to a nagging foot problem.

20)  And sometimes, trying to make it work instead of calling it quits can actually do more harm than good.