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To throw up the sponge

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.

See also: Sponge

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To throw down
To throw down the gauntlet
To throw down the glove
To throw dust in one's eyes
To throw in
To throw in gear
To throw off
To throw on
To throw one's self down
To throw one's self on
To throw out
To throw over
To throw overboard
to throw the book at
To throw up
To throw up another's heels
-- To throw up the sponge --
To thrust away
To thrust in
To thrust off
To thrust on
To thrust one's nose into
To thrust one's self in
To thrust out
To thrust through
To thrust to
To thrust together
To tie down
To tie up
To tip off
To tip over
To tip the wink
To tip up
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