- on equal terms by repayment or retaliation.
- call it 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.
- 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
- to stop, cease, or discontinue: She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
- to depart from; leave (a place or person): They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
- to give up or resign; let go; relinquish: He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
- to release one's hold of (something grasped).
- to acquit or conduct (oneself).
- to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.
- to clear (a debt); repay.
- to cease from doing something; stop.
- to give up or resign one's job or position: He keeps threatening to quit.
- to depart or leave.
- to stop trying, struggling, or the like; accept or acknowledge defeat.
- released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of): quit of all further responsibilities.
Origin of quit1
- any of various small tropical birds.
Origin of quit2
Examples 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’
December 3, 2014
I finish a decent game, type my initials, and decide to call it quits.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
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
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’
April 13, 2014
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’
April 3, 2014
If I hurl my assegai at another, another hurls his assegai at me, and in a measure we are quits.The Conquest of Fear
And you, you made me break my head open; one is just as bad as the other; so, with your leave, we are quits.The Imaginary Invalid
Then I shall be quits with her and with Mrs. Henry and with Peggy.The Bacillus of Beauty
The groom now quits his former post, and prepares to assist her to mount.The Young Lady's Equestrian Manual
We were quits; it was my turn to devote my life, and instead of that I have slain you.The Downfall
- on an equal footing; evennow 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
- (tr) to depart from; leavehe quitted the place hastily
- to resign; give up (a job)he quitted his job today
- (intr) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave themthey received notice to quit
- to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break offquit laughing
- (tr) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
- (tr) archaic to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself)he quits himself with great dignity
- (usually predicative foll by of) free (from); released (from)he was quit of all responsibility for their safety
Word Origin and History for quits
"even" (with another), 1660s; earlier "discharged of a liability" (c.1200), perhaps from Medieval Latin quittus (see quit (adj.)).
c.1200, "free, clear" (of debt, etc.), from Old French quite, quitte "free, clear, entire, at liberty; discharged; unmarried," from Medieval Latin quitus, quittus, from Latin quietus "free" (in Medieval Latin "free from war, debts, etc."), also "calm, resting" (see quiet (adj.)).
c.1200, "to repay, discharge" (a debt, etc.), from Old French quiter "clear, establish one's innocence;" also transitive, "release, let go, relinquish, abandon" (12c.), from quite (see quit (adj.)).
Meaning "to reward, give reward" is mid-13c., that of "take revenge; to answer, retort" and "to acquit oneself" are late 14c. From c.1300 as "to acquit (of a charge), declare not guilty." Sense of "leave, depart" is attested from c.1400; that of "stop" (doing something) is from 1640s. Meaning "to give up, relinquish" is from mid-15c. Related: Quitted; quitting. Quitting time is from 1835.
Idioms and Phrases with quits
In addition to the idiom beginning with quit
- quite a bit
- quit while one's ahead
- call it quits