cry uncle

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cry uncle (third-person singular simple present cries uncle, present participle crying uncle, simple past and past participle cried uncle)

  1. (US, idiomatic) To beg for mercy; to give up; to ask to stop (something painful or unbearable).
    Anyone who doesn't cry uncle after the first week will probably last the season.

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