admit defeat

This page is about the collocation admit defeat

collocation pattern: verb + noun


to accept that you can't win a competition or achieve a goal

For example

  • We never admit defeat before a game's over, no matter how far behind we are.

  • I couldn't fix the car myself, so I admitted defeat and called a mechanic.

Related collocations include "concede defeat" and "accept defeat"

Quick Quiz

If you're a determined person, you'll find it

a. easy to admit defeat

b. hard to admit defeat

c. fun to admit defeat

Contributor: Matt Errey