call it quits

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v call it quits stop doing what one is doing "At midnight, the student decided to call it quits and closed his books"
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Quotations

  • John Donne
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    “And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.”

Usage

In literature:

I'll shake hands then and call it quits, but not until.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
They could call it a draw and quit right now.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Is it quite fair or logical to call these people infidels?
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
It was quite a week before Lord Hunsdon called at the Grange, nor did Anne and Medora meet him, even when lunching at Bath House.
"The Gorgeous Isle" by Gertrude Atherton
He thinks I ought to call it quits.
"The Last Straw" by William J. Smith
It was quite an affair to call them in and bring them over, and the boat was making speed.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It is called by another name and is acted quite differently.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
He called to them to come toward him, as he was on the track, and was afraid to quit it again.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
I don't know quite how it began, but between us there grew a feeling that can't be called brotherly love.
"Aliens" by William McFee
But it's not by any means owing to this cap that he's called the Pyramid Doctor; for that there's quite another reason.
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
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In poetry:

It happen'd, our ten-guineas bride
By surly death was call'd aside.
But whether John rejoic'd or not,
To let me know he quite forgot.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
Arrived this evening at half-past nine.
Everybody is doing fine.
Is it a boy, or quite the reverse?
You can call in the morning and ask the nurse.
"First Child ... Second Child" by Ogden Nash
There was an Old Man of Columbia,
Who was thirsty, and called out for some beer;
But they brought it quite hot,
In a small copper pot,
Which disgusted that man of Columbia.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Columbia" by Edward Lear
Methinks to reason's sober ear it calls,
"Be wise, and snatch the swift departing hour!"
It bids gay Florio quit the midnight-balls,
And court fair wisdom in her sacred bower.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
His portrait hung upon the wall.
Oh how at us he used to stare.
Each Sunday when I made my call! —
And when one day it wasn't there,
Quite quick I seemed to understand
The light was green to hold her hand.
"Horatio" by Robert W Service
"Blades" tough and hearty a week ago,
Who tippled and danced and laughed,
Are "suddenly taken," and some quite low
With an epidemical illness, you know:
"What!--Zounds!--the cholera?" you quiz;--no--no--
The doctors call it the "Draft."
"The Draft" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

No matter how many years you are from calling it quits, it's essential to have some kind of plan in mind for financing retirement.
When you're getting drinks at the Boardwalk in Point Pleasant , you'll have to call it quits by midnight according to an ordinance passed by the Borough Council.
The Discovery-owned cable network that gave life to the Gosselin reality TV franchise has called it quits.
Poison Frontman Bret Michaels and Fiance Call It Quits.
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn and her husband of four years are calling it quits.
IRVING – It's one thing for fans and media to question Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett's play-calling and quite another for Jerry Jones to do it.
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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, actress Eva Longoria call it quits.
I moved here about 18 month ago and it was always a quite nice town BUT, since the new Sheriff or Chief (or what ever you call him) is here.
Have decided to call it quits after 31 years and 15 albums, they announced on their website today.
Dianna Agron, Alex Pettyfer Call It Quits .
Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez unexpectedly called it quits today, resigning after less than one season with the club.
Huckabee to call it quits .
Legendary Gagliardi decides to call it quits.
But how many times do you keep trying before you just give up and call it quits.
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In science:

Indeed the term “anthropic principle” has become so popular that it has been borrowed to describe ideas (e.g. that the universe was teleologically designed for our kind of life, which is what I would call a “finality principle”) that are quite different from, and even contradictory with, what I intended.
Anthropic principle in cosmology
We shall refer to qr,s as the u (1)-charge of (cid:12)(cid:12)fr,s(cid:11), and we shall call its value modulo 1 the monodromy charge (following ). 4This de finition is in fact not quite complete because we have t hus far avoided specifying the values that the index in fn can take.
The Extended Algebra of the Minimal Models
It is natural to wonder why I call replacement the culprit here, when the union axiom seems at least equally culpable; one answer is that, as we will see below, small models of zfc satisfying the union axiom abound, while ones satisfying replacement are quite rare.
Set theory for category theory
Such a wide spectrum and space for divergence shows us that the subject CS1 turns out difficult to normalize even though it is technologically, scienti ficall y and socially quite relevant, given the CS/IT impact on many societies.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
The abundance of structure and results arising from this simple looking definition is quite surprising (see, e.g., for more details). A graph property is called monotone increasing (decreasing) if it is preserved under edge addition (deletion).
Resilient pancyclicity of random and pseudo-random graphs
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