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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

quit1

[kwit] /kwɪt/
verb (used with object), quit or quitted, quitting.
1.
to stop, cease, or discontinue:
She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
2.
to depart from; leave (a place or person):
They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
3.
to give up or resign; let go; relinquish:
He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
4.
to release one's hold of (something grasped).
5.
to acquit or conduct (oneself).
6.
to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.
7.
to clear (a debt); repay.
verb (used without object), quit or quitted, quitting.
8.
to cease from doing something; stop.
9.
to give up or resign one's job or position:
He keeps threatening to quit.
10.
to depart or leave.
11.
to stop trying, struggling, or the like; accept or acknowledge defeat.
adjective
12.
released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of):
quit of all further responsibilities.
Origin
1175-1225; (adj.) Middle English quit(te) exempt, freed, acquitted of (< Old French quite) < Medieval Latin quittus, by-form of quītus (≫ Middle English quit(e); see quite), for Latin quiētus quiet1; (v.) Middle English quit(t)en to pay, acquit oneself < Old French quit(t)er < Medieval Latin quittāre, quiētāre to release, discharge, Late Latin quiētare to put to rest, quiet1
Related forms
quittable, adjective
unquitted, adjective
Synonyms
3. surrender, release. 12. acquitted, discharged.
Antonyms
1, 8. start. 2. enter.

quit2

[kwit] /kwɪt/
noun
1.
any of various small tropical birds.
Origin
1845-50; orig. Jamaican English, of uncertain origin
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Examples from the web for quits
  • Shoving back his floppy hat, he decided to call it quits for the day.
  • But it all gets too tough for him so he quits and goes back to his old life.
  • Not everyone who quits school is illiterate, nor is everyone who attends even close to literate.
  • With that much at stake, it's unlikely the two will call it quits after coming so far.
  • These are certainly not the ruminations of someone who is planning to call it quits.
  • We already have quits a few foreigners at out universities studying here.
  • Yet its power to charge is reduced with every player who quits.
  • When one member of the committee quits or dies, the remaining four appoint his replacement.
  • The quits rate can serve as a measure of workers' willingness or ability to change jobs.
  • Information on rule-making activity for voluntary quits.
British Dictionary definitions for 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

quit

/kwɪt/
verb quits, quitting quitted, (mainly US) quit
1.
(transitive) to depart from; leave: he quitted the place hastily
2.
to resign; give up (a job): he quitted his job today
3.
(intransitive) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave them: they received notice to quit
4.
to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break off: quit laughing
5.
(transitive) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
6.
(transitive) (archaic) to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself): he quits himself with great dignity
adjective
7.
(usually predicative) foll by of. free (from); released (from): he was quit of all responsibility for their safety
Word Origin
C13: from Old French quitter, from Latin quiētusquiet; see quietus
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Word Origin and History for quits
adj.

"even" (with another), 1660s; earlier "discharged of a liability" (c.1200), perhaps from Medieval Latin quittus (see quit (adj.)).

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.)).

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for quits

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Idioms and Phrases with quits

quit

In addition to the idiom beginning with quit also see: call it quits
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