to throw in the sponge

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - throw in the sponge

"to throw in the sponge"

to admit defeat or failure;

to quit or give up


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - throw in the sponge

Two business partners are talking ...

Partner 1:  We are not going to be able to make payroll this month. We have a mountain of bills and no money to pay them. The bank refuses to give us any more credit. I think it is time to throw in the sponge.

Partner 2:  You mean declare bankruptcy?

Partner 1:  We have no choice but to admit defeat and quit.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - throw in the sponge

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Hey. How are you? I haven't seen you in ages. How is your lovely wife?

Friend 2:  My wife and I are in the middle of divorce proceedings.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that. I always thought you two were the couple that would last.

Friend 2:  After fighting for years and going to counseling and trying everything we could, we decided to throw in the sponge on our marriage and try to remain friends.

to throw in the sponge - Usage:


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to throw in the sponge - Gerund Form:

Throwing in the sponge, he admitted defeat and walked away from the project.

to throw in the sponge - Examples:

1)  The actor revealed he wasn't ready to throw in the sponge, and was confident he and Jillian could do more to save their nuptials.

2)  ... your whole life to the sport it's not an option to throw in the sponge no matter how bad it goes.

3)  ... sellers left over from the spring and summer markets are going to throw in the sponge and pull their homes off the market.

4)  ... he made the difficult decision to throw in the sponge on his promoting career in order to spend more time with his ...

5)  ... that you have someone who seems to have every reason to throw in the sponge, and yet who has fought all the way.

6)  ... 'flight' companies which in the face of slight provocation, throw in the sponge, close shop and jet out of the country.

7)  It's a pesky impulse. To throw in the sponge. To call it quits.

8)  ... could have been easy for him to decide enough was enough and throw in the sponge, ...

9)  When they had to throw in the sponge in the late 1990s by filing for bankruptcy, ...

10)  When will you ever learn to throw in the sponge and say "We were wrong after all"?

11)  ... may have decided to throw in the sponge after realising that there may not be any effective working capital to sustain its ongoing ...

12)  ... as the last Japanese company to make VCRs says it will throw in the sponge and stop manufacturing them by August.

13)  ... refuses to throw in the sponge, though, and remains determined to succeed at the club.

14)  ... they never throw in the sponge and fight it out till the end.

15)  Don't get me wrong, it's not time to throw in the sponge, but it is time to adjust realistically.

16)  ... won't quit when the going gets tough, who won't throw in the sponge under pressure, who is ready to go the extra mile; ...

17)  I need to consider whether I should throw in the sponge or prepare for next season.

18)  ... it's time to throw in the sponge and go and get a proper job with a proper regular income.

19)  Do you just want to give up and throw in the sponge?

20)  Insurers are waiting for claimants to throw in the sponge and accept a cash payment based on a lower standard or cheaper fix.