bow out


bowed out; bowing out; bows out

intransitive verb

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

Examples of bow out in a Sentence

quite embarrassingly, the top-seeded player bowed out in the first round of competition
Recent Examples on the Web The 23 players who did average 26.3 years of age, making Hayes’ team more than two years younger than the one that bowed out of last summer’s World Cup in the round of 16. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 Stanford went 30-6 last season and bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16, losing to North Carolina State. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 General manager Monte McNair will explore all options with the pick as the Kings look to bolster their roster for another playoff push after bowing out in the play-in tournament this season. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 12 May 2024 Concord said Thursday that its last offer was final and will not be increased, effectively bowing out of the bidding war. Elizabeth Dilts Marshall, Billboard, 9 May 2024 But the initial bowing out seemed to prompt a handful of challengers to enter the race for Indiana's 5th Congressional District. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 7 May 2024 Merck has been the only U.S. purveyor of BCG since 2012, after Sanofi and another competitor bowed out due to manufacturing issues. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 6 May 2024 As a result, his department now allows faculty assigned to teach potentially hot subjects like race and ethnicity to bow out. Laura Pappano, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 Wall Street Journal Tesla’s top HR executive has bowed out of her role at the company as the car manufacturer continues layoffs. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bow out was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Bow out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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