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Idioms for quits
- 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
Words nearby quits
What else does quits mean?
Where does quits come from?
Quit is recorded in the early 1200s when it variously meant “to pay” a fee, penalty, or debt (hence the old sense of quits for “on equal terms by repayment or retaliation.”) By the 1400s, quit, for “leave” or “abandon,” was established. Quitting a job is found by the 1600s, and the verb remains widely used in that context today.
People also call it quits when they agree to end a dispute or a contest (or perhaps an unhealthy relationship) on equal terms. (By the 1660s, the term quits was used as an adjective meaning “on equal footing,” or “even.”) More commonly these days, the term “to call it quits” is used when someone decides to abandon an effort or venture.
Sweet Tomatoes shutters, Archive Bar & Kitchen calls it quits, and more Bay Area restaurant closures https://t.co/GktB7onYKG
— Eater SF (@eatersf) May 19, 2020
How is quits used in real life?
The word quit is fraught with drama. Whether you’re quitting a job or a grueling exercise routine, it’s usually due to struggle—as evidenced in the 2000s gaming expression to rage quit, used to describe when a gamer abruptly stops playing in a fit of emotional frustration. Young children may also issue a pouting I quit if they are fed up with losing in some game or play. Sometimes this use of quit is ironic and playful.
i’m tired can i quit yet
— e v e (@thequietstrum) May 25, 2020
In American culture, quitting a job, partner, or venture can sometimes be viewed negatively, equating the quitter with failure. However, quitting often describes freeing oneself from toxic situations—perhaps as when an employee quits work with some sweary flair. Think, too, of a bad relationship (romantic or professional) which has gone on for far too long before both parties decide to call it quits.
More examples of quits:
“Teen quits his job at Walmart over intercom, tears into company over treatment of employees”
—Morgan Gstalter, The Hill (headline), December 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for quits
Following the release of Nine Types of Light, TV on the Radio thought long and hard about calling it quits.Revenge of the Rock Nerds: TV on the Radio’s Long Road to ‘Seeds’|Marlow Stern|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I finish a decent game, type my initials, and decide to call it quits.
Rogozin also announced that Russia will call it quits with the International Space Station in 2020.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?|P. J. O’Rourke|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eventually Megan quits her job to pursue acting, and this physical rift mirrors a widening emotional gap between the couple.Every Woman Don Draper’s Hooked Up With on ‘Mad Men’|Amy Zimmerman|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So she quits, and takes shelter in the northern Scotland woods, hoping to be left alone.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’|Jimmy So|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The wretched young man persistently exercises his right of crying "Banco," and so practically going double or quits each time.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
So when the bunch got out quite a ways, I quits the camp an' swings round in a wide circle—an' sure enough they'd left their mark.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
From that moment the house of Orleans was obliged to play double or quits: the event gave them the game.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete|Honore de Balzac
The bear of the northern seas lives upon fish; he never quits the sea coasts, and even often inhabits the floating islands of ice.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Who is it that improves men an' makes thim more ladylike, an' thin quits thim, but th' ladies?Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne