bow out

bow out
verb
1. remove oneself from an obligation
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He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved

Syn: ↑chicken out, ↑back off, ↑pull out, ↑back down
Hypernyms: ↑retire, ↑withdraw
Hyponyms: ↑resile
Verb Group: ↑pull out, ↑get out
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

2. retire gracefully
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He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship

Syn: ↑withdraw
Derivationally related forms: ↑withdrawal (for: ↑withdraw)
Hypernyms: ↑retire
Verb Group: ↑retire, ↑withdraw
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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WITHDRAW, resign, retire, step down, pull out, back out; give up, quit, leave; informal pack in, chuck (in); Brit. informal jack in.
bow

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intransitive verb
Etymology: bow (I)
: to retire or withdraw especially from a contest

bowed out after tiring in the 6th inning

bowed out of the race for governor

: work at one's job for the last time : make a final appearance at one's post : step down

bowed out with a great performance

bowed out after 40 years of railroading

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bow out
To withdraw or retire from a place, situation, etc
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Main Entry:bow

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ˌbow ˈout [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they bow out he/she/it bows out present participle bowing out past tense bowed out past participle bowed out] phrasal verb
to give up a job or position, especially when you have had it for a long time
bow out of:

She has no plans to bow out of politics just yet.

Thesaurus: leaving a jobsynonym applying and interviewing for jobshyponym
Main entry: bow

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withdraw or retire from an activity, role, or commitment

many artists are forced to bow out of the profession at a relatively early age

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bow out [phrasal verb]
: to stop doing something : to stop being involved in a contest, an activity, etc.

He knew he would not win the election, so he decided to bow out of the presidential race.

He bowed out [=left, withdrew] gracefully.

She has bowed out of the restaurant business entirely.

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Main Entry:bow

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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