bow out

bowed out; bowing out; bows out

Definition of bow out

intransitive verb

: retire, withdraw also : lose bowed out in the first round of the tournament

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Examples of bow out in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of bow out

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Bow out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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