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quits

[kwits] /kwɪts/
adjective
1.
on equal terms by repayment or retaliation.
Idioms
2.
call it quits,
  1. to end one's activity, especially temporarily:
    At 10 o'clock I decided to call it quits for the day.
  2. to abandon an effort.
3.
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
1470-1480
1470-80; perhaps < Medieval Latin quittus quit1
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British Dictionary definitions for call it quits

quits

/kwɪts/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
on an equal footing; even now we are quits
2.
call it quits, to agree to end a dispute, contest, etc, agreeing that honours are even
interjection
3.
an exclamation indicating willingness to give up
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Slang definitions & phrases for call it quits

call it a day

verb phrase

To stop or terminate something; declare one has had enough: The Iraqi leadership has hunkered down; time to call it a day/ Any sensible assassin would have called it quits

[first form 1840s+, second 1940s+; Call quits is attested from the 1890s]


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Idioms and Phrases with call it quits
Stop working, abandon something, give up, as in John is calling it quits for now or This ground is far too stony for a garden so I'm calling it quits . This idiom comes from cry quits , dating from the 1600s and meaning “declare even” or “get even.” The verb call was substituted in the late 1800s. Also see call it a day
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