- dough raised with yeast, especially before kneading, as for bread.
- a light, sweet pudding of a porous texture, made with gelatin, eggs, fruit juice or other flavoring material, etc.
verb (used with object), sponged, spong·ing.
verb (used without object), sponged, spong·ing.
Origin of sponge
Related formssponge·less, adjectivesponge·like, adjectivespong·ing·ly, adverbun·sponged, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for throw in the sponge
Derived Formsspongelike, adjective
Word Origin for sponge
Medicine definitions for throw in the sponge
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Idioms and Phrases with throw in the sponge (1 of 2)
throw in the sponge
Also, throw in the towel. Give up, acknowledge defeat, as in I can't move this rock; I'm throwing in the sponge, or Bill decided to throw in the towel and resign from his job. This idiom comes from boxing, where formerly a fighter (or his second) conceded defeat by throwing the sponge or towel used to wipe his face into the ring. [c. 1900]
Idioms and Phrases with throw in the sponge (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with sponge
- sponge on
- throw in the sponge