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fold one's tent Explained

fold one's tent at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: en-verb » head=to fold one's tent|folds one's tent|folding one's tent|folded one's tent
  • Inter: idiomati » c To withdraw, especially in a discreet manner; to disengage; to quit.
    1. 1844, Category: w - :Henry_Wadsworth_Longfellow|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Day is Done" (proem to The Waif), lines 41-44,
    2. : And the night shall be filled with music,
    3. :: And the cares that infest the day
    4. : Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
    5. :: And as silently steal away.
    6. 1982, "No Mercy for the Sisters," Time, 27 Sep.,
    7. : "I won't quietly fold my tent and go away," snapped Sister Catherine.
    8. 2005, Terry Neal, "Talking Points Live," Washington Post, 6 Jan. (retrieved 10 Aug 2008),

  • : There are a good number of Democrats who are unhappy with John Kerry, thinking he folded his tent without a fight.


    * chicken out, cut and run, stand down