bow out

verb

Definition of bow out

intransitive verb
:retire, withdraw; also :lose
  • bowed out in the first round of the tournament

Examples of bow out in a Sentence

  1. quite embarrassingly, the top-seeded player bowed out in the first round of competition

First Known Use of bow out

1942

bow out Synonyms

Synonyms
lose, fall
Antonyms
conquer, prevail, triumph, win
Related Words
falter; tank, throw; forfeit; bomb, collapse, crack (up), fail, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, wash out
Near Antonyms
flourish, prosper, succeed, thrive


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