Phrasal Verbs

bow out

This page is about the phrasal verb bow out


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



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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