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cry uncle
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Definition: admit defeat or loss; to give in

Explanation: Used when declaring that someone has beat you. This form is often used in the question form when asking someone else to admit defeat.

Examples: Are you going to cry uncle, or do I need to punish you some more? - I cried uncle and we got on with our business.

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