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[kwits] /kwɪts/
on equal terms by repayment or retaliation.
call it quits,
  1. to end one's activity, especially temporarily:
    At 10 o'clock I decided to call it quits for the day.
  2. to abandon an effort.
cry quits, to agree to end competition and consider both sides equal:
It became too dark to continue play and they decided to cry quits.
Origin of quits
1470-80; perhaps < Medieval Latin quittus quit1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for call it quits


adjective (postpositive)
on an equal footing; even: now we are quits
call it quits, to agree to end a dispute, contest, etc, agreeing that honours are even
an exclamation indicating willingness to give up
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Word Origin and History for call it quits



"even" (with another), 1660s; earlier "discharged of a liability" (c.1200), perhaps from Medieval Latin quittus (see quit (adj.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for call it quits

call it a day

verb phrase

To stop or terminate something; declare one has had enough: The Iraqi leadership has hunkered down; time to call it a day/ Any sensible assassin would have called it quits

[first form 1840s+, second 1940s+; Call quits is attested from the 1890s]


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Idioms and Phrases with call it quits

call it quits

Stop working, abandon something, give up, as in John is calling it quits for now or This ground is far too stony for a garden so I'm calling it quits . This idiom comes from cry quits , dating from the 1600s and meaning “declare even” or “get even.” The verb call was substituted in the late 1800s. Also see call it a day
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