bow out

Meaning: to resign from a job, or to end a career, usually after a long time

Synonym: retire

For example:

  • bow out After being captain for many years, Paul bowed out so that a younger member of the team could take over.

  • bow out Some politicians don't seem to know when it's time to bow out, and they cling to power for too long.

Quick Quiz:

After leading the Labor Party for twelve years, Bob bowed out because he

a. couldn't find a new leader

b. was applauded by everyone

c. wanted to quit politics

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