Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei.
And I’m Neil. Hey, do you know what, Feifei? I’ve had enough!
You’ve had enough? Enough of what?
Trying to do all my washing.
Really? Is it that hard?
It is. I just can’t keep up with all the clothes I have to wash, dry and iron. It doesn’t matter how much washing I do, I keep running out of clean clothes.
Yes I can see! Haven’t you been wearing that shirt all week? So, what are you going to do?
I don’t know. I think I’ll just throw in the towel.
我不知道，我想我要“throw in the towel”。
Washing just one towel won’t help – you can’t wear that to work.
That’s not what I meant. ’To throw in the towel’ is a saying that means ’to admit defeat’. The phrase comes from boxing. If a boxer is being hit too much, and is losing the fight, sometimes his coach will throw a towel into the boxing ring to signal the fight is over. He’s been defeated.
我不是这个意思。“To throw in the towel”是指“投降认输”。这个短语来自拳击运动。如果一名拳击手挨打过多要输了，有时他的教练会扔一条毛巾到拳击台上，表示停止比赛，他也就输了比赛。
Got it! So, it means you’ve given up. You can’t do it. And for you, it means no clean clothes! Let’s hear some more examples of this phrase, shall we?
I’ve tried my best but this job is just too hard – I’m afraid I’m going to have to throw in the towel and quit.
I know the race is tough, but don’t throw in the towel, keep going and you might actually win!
I’ve been trying to learn Korean for years but I’m not making any progress so I guess it’s time to throw in the towel.
This is The English We Speak, and Neil’s mentioned he’s ’throwing in the towel’ which means he’s ’admitting defeat’ – giving up on doing his washing. You can’t cope can you Neil?
这里BBC地道英语 ，刚刚尼尔说他要“throwing in the towel”，这表示他要放弃，再也不想干了。你搞不定了，是吗，尼尔？
I have tried. There’s just too much to do.
Maybe you’ve got too many clothes. But if you’re not going to wash them, what are you going to wear?
I’ve still got my nightclub gear I used to wear as a student – will that do?
I think you’d be better off just wearing a towel, Neil!
Thanks for the fashion advice. I think my best option is just to take everything to the launderette.
Good idea. See you.