bow out phrasal

bow out phrasal
verb (I)
1 to stop taking part in an activity, job etc, especially one that you have been doing for a long time: bow out of sth: Reeves thinks it is time for him to bow out of politics.
2 to not do something that you have promised or agreed to do

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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