say\ uncle

• say uncle
• cry uncle
v. phr. informal
To say that you surrender; admit that you have lost; admit a defeat; give up.

Bob fought for five minutes, but he had to say uncle.

The bully twisted Jerry's arm and said, "Cry uncle."

The other team was beating us, but we wouldn't say uncle.

Compare: give in

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • say uncle — also[cry uncle] {v. phr.}, {informal} To say that you surrender; admit that you have lost; admit a defeat; give up. * /Bob fought for five minutes, but he had to say uncle./ * /The bully twisted Jerry s arm and said, Cry uncle. / * /The other… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • say uncle — also[cry uncle] {v. phr.}, {informal} To say that you surrender; admit that you have lost; admit a defeat; give up. * /Bob fought for five minutes, but he had to say uncle./ * /The bully twisted Jerry s arm and said, Cry uncle. / * /The other… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Say Uncle — Infobox Film name = Say Uncle caption = Promotional movie poster for the film director = Peter Paige producer = Christopher Racster Peter Paige writer = Peter Paige starring = Peter Paige Kathy Najimy Anthony Clark Melanie Lynskey Gabrielle Union …   Wikipedia

  • say uncle — (USA)    If you say uncle, you admit defeat. ( Cry uncle is an alternative form.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • say uncle — tv. to admit defeat; to give up. D He held me down until I said uncle. □ I never say uncle. I just keep right on going …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • say uncle — American, informal to admit that you have been defeated. I m determined to show them I can be a star. I m not going to say uncle …   New idioms dictionary

  • say uncle — phrasal : to admit defeat : give up forced his opponent to say uncle …   Useful english dictionary

  • say uncle — phrasal to admit defeat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • say uncle — vb American See uncle1,2 …   Contemporary slang


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