One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative (of two people) on even terms, especially because a debt or score has been settled.‘I think we're just about quits now, don't you?’
call it quits
1Agree or acknowledge that terms are now equal, especially on the settlement of a debt.‘take this cheque and we'll call it quits’
- 1.1Decide to abandon an activity or venture.‘surely, after covering eleven wars, he could be forgiven for calling it quits?’
be friends again, bury the hatchet, declare a truce, make peace, forgive and forget, shake hands, become reconciled, settle one's differences, mend fences, call it quitsView synonyms
- ‘I feel better about the situation, just for the simple fact that she was the one who decided to call it quits.’
- ‘We're just going to have to agree to disagree and call it quits.’
- ‘Following the 1994 season, he decided to call it quits.’
- ‘They had been going out for about 9 months when they decided to call it quits.’
- ‘Around five that afternoon they decided to call it quits.’
- ‘Small rubber holdings were going cheap on the real estate market in Kottayam and Idukki districts as well as in the settlers' regions in Malabar as the growers called it quits.’
- ‘The struggling group decided to call it quits after a last ditch effort to recruit new members failed.’
- ‘Although he made an annual ritual of announcing his retirement only to change his mind, he decided to call it quits for good after earning his third World Championship ring in 1974.’
- ‘He stood there for almost half an hour before he decided to call it quits.’
- ‘After two hours of searching from supermarket to supermarket, I decided to call it quits.’
- 1.1Decide to abandon an activity or venture.
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘freed from a liability or debt’): perhaps a colloquial abbreviation of medieval Latin quittus, from Latin quietus, used as a receipt (see quietus).
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