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throw in the sponge

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Synonyms for throw in the sponge

  • capitulate
  • communicate
  • concede
  • give in
  • give up
  • grant
  • hand over
  • relinquish
  • renounce
  • sign over
  • transfer
  • waive
  • abdicate
  • accord
  • alien
  • alienate
  • allow
  • convey
  • drop
  • fold
  • leave
  • resign
  • vouchsafe
  • yield
  • abalienate
  • come across with
  • deed
  • fork over
  • make over
  • part with
  • remise
  • throw in the towel
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Antonyms for throw in the sponge

  • fight
  • hold
  • keep
  • refuse
  • challenge
  • continue
  • deny
  • disallow
  • disapprove
  • maintain
  • oppose
  • reject
  • retain
  • withhold
  • defend
  • gain
  • guard
  • take over
  • win
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WORD ORIGIN

Old English sponge, spunge, from Latin spongia "a sponge," also "sea animal from which a sponge comes," from Greek spongia, related to spongos "sponge," borrowed from an unknown source. The Latin word is the source of Old Saxon spunsia, Middle Dutch spongie, Old French esponge, Spanish esponja, Italian spugna. To throw in the sponge "quit, submit" (1860) is from prizefighting, in reference to the sponges used to cleanse the faces of combatants between rounds (cf. later throw in the towel). Sponge-cake is attested from 1808.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR THROW IN THE SPONGE

cede

verbabandon, surrender
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