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 for chuck up the sponge
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  chuck up the sponge
      v 1: give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit
           defeat; "In the second round, the challenger gave up" [syn:
           drop out, give up, fall by the wayside, drop by the
           wayside, throw in, throw in the towel, quit, chuck
           up the sponge] [ant: enter, participate]

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