bow out

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bow + out

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bow out (third-person singular simple present bows out, present participle bowing out, simple past and past participle bowed out)

  1. (idiomatic) To resign, or leave, with one's credibility still intact.
    Jane had a long spell as chairman, but bowed out after she had a child.

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