bow out

Definitions of bow out
1

v remove oneself from an obligation

“He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved”
Synonyms:
back down, back off, chicken out, pull out
get out, pull out
move out or away
Types:
resile
pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.
Type of:
retire, withdraw
lose interest

v retire gracefully

“He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship”
Synonyms:
withdraw
retire, withdraw
withdraw from active participation
Type of:
retire
go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position

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