- to end one's activity, especially temporarily: At 10 o'clock I decided to call it quits for the day.
- to abandon an effort.
Origin of quits
British Dictionary definitions for call it quits
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.