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Sport idioms: Boxing

The Teacher

Introduction

In this video the Teacher becomes a boxer:

  1. To take it on the chin
  2. To be below the belt
  3. To throw in the towel

Video

Teacher's homework

Have you ever had to take it on the chin? Or has somebody said something that was below the belt? Are you the kind of person who throws in the towel?

Send me a sentence or two using these idioms and I'll put my favourites on this page.

This topic has now closed. Thanks for all your homework.

Soner, Turkey
Turkish national footboll team never throw the towel last european championship.They were about defeat during many match but they won their match always in last minutes of match .One of that match was choosen as most enjoyable match.

Alan , Mexico
I think I will throw in the towel very soon, my classmates keep swearing at me and I dont't care, most of the times I take it on the chin however lately they try to be below the belt, and I won't stand it anymore.

Pablo, Chile
My girlfriend was always getting on my nerves, She often criticised me when I was wrong, I took all of her complaints on the chin, but one day she told that I was useless, that was really below the belt, so I decided to throw in the towel, and I broke up.

Adam, Morocco
Life is not fair with me either. It's been long enough that I am taking it on the chin and sometimes even below the belt. But, I won't throw in the towel. I will fight back till the last day of my life!

View, Thailand
English is very hard to learn, but for my better job opportunity. I have to take it on the chin and try to improve my skill. Finally, I found it is too difficult for me, i threw in the towel.

Sabrina, France
I spent my last holidays in a wonderful island in the indian ocean. One day I went to swim with whales and dolphin. When i was on the boat I filmed a baby whale coming right towards the boat. A friend shouted "the whale's under the boat!" and when we watched the video at home we saw that I filmed the boat's ground in the excitement. We couldn't see the whale through it of course. My friend told me "did you think you could have seen the whale through the hull? you're a real blonde! " It was below the belt, it's not because i'm a silly blonde, it's because i was too excited.

Monika, Poland
I failed some of my exams at uni... I took this failure on the chin, beacause I' wasn't working hard enough to pass them. Shame on me;) But now I have a second bite of the cherry and I've been studing very hard. I'm tired, but I'm not gonna throw in the towel. I will still do my best. If somebody tells me that I'm a lazy student, it will be below the belt.

Daniel Taiwan
I'm a county goverment officer. The law about public welfare here was below the belt. A few people who needed help take it on the chin. I won't throw in the towel about helping them.

Haowei, Taiwan
That was below the belt when my boss said I came here for nothing. (no any contribution )

Mark, Poland
Two years ago when I was travelling to another country some people stopped me at the airport and accused me having something danger in my bag. It turned out that I was clear but I had to take it on the chin. I think that was below the belt too. They shouldn't do that but they were doing their job and they didn't throw in the towel.

Mawar, Indonesia
My mom loves to criticise her own children, including me. Sometimes she says something about me or my sister below the belt. Sometimes i'm not quite agree with her words, but if i think about her words wisely, i find that her words are not fully wrong, half of those are right, so i manage to take it on the chin. I know that she really loves us and i love her so much.As a smart person, we must know when we should throw in the towel or not.Thank you all kind teachers in the world, you are awesome!

Eveline, Brazil
I would say my pay is very below the belt, for now I need to take it on the chin because I`m kind of new worker there but I won`t throw in the towel to increase my payment.

Mai Phuong, Vietnam
hello teacher! welcome back! Here's my homework. I have a twin sister. She always try to show that she's more intelligent than I am. My parents believe it. I think it's below the belt.

Liubov, Russia
On Monday, in the musical school, we had the first lesson of musical theory. And our teacher said: "Now Liubov and Mitya will compete in the knowledge of accords". But Mitya said:"I dont want. I throw in the towel!".Then the teacher answered:"A boy mustnt throw in the towel."

Pakistan
Most of the time people pass the comments about me which are below the belt,but i do not take it on the chin. The reason is that i argue with them because i am not kind of person who throws in the towel.thanks

Luis, Spain
It's truth. Sometimes, studying English is depressing. Even so, I'm not throw in the towell because I know I'll understand BBC News some day. I keep trying it and I use to take it on the chin what my teacher ask for me.

Ahmed,Kenya
I lost my work as a result of the recession, every thing become very difficult since I lost my work, but I will take it on the chin, right now I am working very hard in order to get a new one, even though It’s hard to find a new one, but I am not throwing in the towel!!

Abbas, london
My friend sleeps too much and I always take it on the chin. He doesn't do anything and he says I'm lying and not working, I think that's below the belt. If it is continue to behave like this, I will never Throw in the towel...

Imen , Tunisia
I'm studing business , I've done a lot of research about work conditions in different countries and I think that idian work-force is working very hard while the wages are not enougn: They've really took it on the chin.But as an economist I have to help them by sensibilising peaple, I shoud never throw in the towel.

Mrs Brett, Spain
In one week I'll have my exam for the Intermediate English Exam in Madrid. I have high expectations to pass it, if I don't, I will have to take it on the chin because, as my husband says, I've not studied too much during my hols. But that's below the belt because I've been trying to do my best on my free time. Anyway I'm not going to throw in the towel. I'll have more opportunities.

Alexander Hernández, Costa Rica
Many times at work we receive beats below the belt but in some cases we need to take it on the chin in order to be polite or mainly in order to avoid make it worse. We only need to be focus on the goals.

Eduardo, Brazil
Listening to English lessos is below the belt.Unfortunately I have been taking it on the chin.But I don't think on throwing in the towel at all.

Madeeha, USA
I always try to learn english more and more with great enthusiasm, but when yousaf discourages me that im not doing well,i took it below the belt. but then i realize that i should take it on my chin as he wants me to be perfect and accurate in english by correcting my mistakes. i just dont want to throw in the towel because i have decided to cover all of my mistakes and give all my best efforts for learning english.

Sandy,China
I have to take it on the chin always in my life,absolutely it is below the belt to me, but I can do nothing, Because it is my fate all in my soul

Mugabi, Zambia
Having lived in an English speaking country for a long time,I feel quite embarresed to say that my english is still below average. I was very close to throuwing in the towel of learning english language. But I pulled myself up and started learning english again.I am sure there will ample people that will criticise me and think I am not that smart, but I will just have to take it on the chin. Anyone that makes comments that are deemed to be below the belt, will surely recieve unpleasent response from me. And if My homework doesnt succeed in becoming teachers favourite, I think I will have to throw in the towel.

Tun, Vietnam
My class monitor is a teacher's daughter, and all the teachers have known her before they come to class. They always pay more attention to her than other students in the class. It is below the belt, but I think it good to some extent. I should take it on the chin and keep on trying. Never throw in the towel !

Philippe, France
When i tried to run my first marathon, i was obliged to throw in the towel. Il didn't finish the race. My friends laughed at me and they said that even my daughter could beat me, it was below the belt indeed. But i have to take it on the chin. I have to train for a long time to do a beter race. Next time

Mahammad, Norway
yes. Many times I had to take it on the chin. One ofe thowse times was, when I had just come to Norway. I cod not speak norwegian. One guy said somthing to me. I did not understand what he mean. but i feld that he said somthing bad to me. becaus of that I did not understand whtat he mean, so i had to take it on the chean

Paul, Russia
On the eve of the election the Prime minister was accused of tax evasion and that was below the belt. That was a lie, but his party lost the majority and he had to throw in the towel. However, he didn't take it to the chin.

Lola, Spain
When I failed in Maths my teacher an I reviewed my exam: she told me that I had not worked hard enough to sucess. Those comments were below the belt, for she knew I did worked very hard. She told me then that perhaps, I sould throw in the towel if I could not improve my results, dispite muy hard work. Honestly, I had to take it on the chin. However I am not going to throw it in the towel! I´ll try again

Rolf, Germany
The boss treated his employee unfair by overloading him with work. The exmployee took it on the chin and did not complain. When the employee failed to deliver the task on time, the boss cut his pay. That was way below the belt. So the employee threw in the towel and quit the job.(It is amazing how many idioms I also find in my own language)

Ramya,India
Today I got my manager's midyear performance review. She has given comments as that I have to take more ownership in the task assigned to me. That was below the belt, because I take ownership of my task and I finish it even if it takes some of my personal hours. There was one more comment that I have to improve my communication skills. This comment I have to take it on the chin. Even I myself know that I have to improve English knowledge to communicate better. My manager has also advised me to take up some training to improve my technical skill. I tried to improve my technical knowledge, I have improved a bit. But I have to throw in the towel that I couldn't be a superior in my domain.

Peter, Hong Kong
Learning idiom is so difficult , so he decided to throw in the towel.

Shin,South Korea.
I have been studying England for 3months. when I frist day in here , i couldnt say anything, just say hello.oneday, someone who told me that myenglish was really bad. I was crying and i wanted to throw in the towel everything.however, i think he is rude, i dont care him anymore.

Nga, Vietnam
My last cat was White. White was a lazy cat, so he never caught mouse. It was a reason that my mother was very angry with it. She tried to take it on the chin for a long time. One day, a big mouse went in front of her slowly. It scared her to death while the cat stood near didn't move. She threw in the towel. It was easy for her to give the cat to neighbor at once on that day without my acceptance. It was below the belt.

Nour Ahmed, Afghanistan
Well, when they were advising me under age of 16 or 17, I was always minding under the belt. But to tell you the truth that was just a crazy part of my life. I feel it now, they were just right and I probably take it on the chin. I think it's too late, I have thrown in the towel. By the I should take any word caustiously in the future.Dear Teacher, while I was watching this video, I felt this is the right way to teaching or learning for us.Thank you very very much!!!

Nusha, Ukraine
There was a time when I tried to write short stories. But my teacher only laughed at the ones I showed him. For a long time I've been taking all his teasing on the chin, but one day he said that I shouldn't write any more. That was below the belt! Anyway I through in the towel for I guess he's right - I'm not good at writing at all. And what do you think?

Serhiy Donin, Ukraine
Last June I joined the social organization "Batkivshina", so I'm a member of it now. But I'm not good at politics, so I've been taking it on the chin. Even though I'm a substitute head of the 75th initial organization, I've already striked of ten members from our list. The head told me I would be dismissed, if I did it again. That was below the belt!

Jiwon,South Korea
This is my brother's story. His name is Jihun. He wanted to be the representative of his class and he applied for it. He got 21 votes out of 32. His homeroom teacher didn't want him to be the representative and she said, "Jihun is not good at studying, and we have to vote again." It was below the belt but he had to take it on the chin because that is true.

Amal, Pakistan
last week when my father insulted me in front of whole family members,though i was not wrong and ordered me to leave the party ,it was a blow the belt for me,but as i am younger and more then it,i am his daughter,so i took it on the chin,i have to leave the party without any argument,i throw the towel.

Nguyendao,Vietnam
I failed the final exam of highschool three years ago, it was really below the belt.I was criticize by my friends, even my teacher,I had to take that on the chin for age, I was sad and didn't want to do anything at that time. Luckily, my parents always understand me so they encouraged me to subscribe to a technical highschool to study, I found that i can throw in the towel.

Hye,Korea
We had interview practice in the class yesterday. After I finsihed it, I saw the interviewer faces and it was below the belt. I had to take their critical comment on the chin. I really want to throw in the towel, but I should't give up English.

Sonia, Brazil
Sometimes, I have to take my husband´s opnion on the chin, although it can be below the belt. In some cases, I throw the towel to listen his comments.

Long, Vietnam
It was below the belt when my son said that my exam not published though I have to do many times. I have to take it on the chin so I continuated sent my exams, I don't throw in the towel.

Phuongmai, Vietnam
My sons evaluated my English very low, they uaually don't understand what I say or what I write. Although I work hard butI am not good at it. I have to take it on the chin. Do I throw in the towel.

Saffi,China
I took part in a glee club several years ago.my colleague said I was in good tune once in a blue moon, that was below the belt !But perhaps She was right,I had to taken it on the chin.So I threw in the towel and left the glee club .

Apple,Turkey
I had a maths exam and our teacher told us which subjects to study.I studied very hard,but he made a surprise and asked different subjects.That was below the belt!Thus,I had to take it on the chin and throw in the towel by giving a blank exam paper

Carmen, Spain
Once, my best friend, Sara, told me that my boyfriend had been flirting with another girl and that she had been the witness of a kiss between them. But I had to take it on the chin because I trusted my boyfriend, who told me there wasn't any other. But that was until I saw him with my own eyes kissing other girl. It was below the belt. So I threw the towel and splited up with him.

Zubair, Saudi Arabia
when day I took my children and my friend on a picnic , througth my trip I took it on the chin during the street fight. my friend was draging me a way that below the belt. I have to throw in the towel and went away.

Janice, Korea
I'll be never throwing in the towel to get a job, even economic recession.

Thanh, Vietnam
I was proud that I was the best at math in my class. I showed off all the time and didn't study for the final exam because I thought it was very easy to me. Then, I failed the final exam. My teacher said: "You're good at Math but you are really conceited." That was below the belt, but I had to take it on the chin. Maybe I'm not really good at Math. But I didn't throw in the towel. I would study hard and show everyone that I'm really good at Math.

Hiew, Laos
m learning english by myself, and I have to say that sometimes I wanted to throw in the towel.

Gerry Smith,China
At the begin of my sophomore year,the weather here is very hot,especially in the evening.I could not sleep in my dormitory.So I have to take it on the chain.But what worse,the mosquito bites me during the whole night.I try to use my clothes to drive it.But my action does not work.So at last,I decide to throw in the towel.Next morning when I wake up,I feel very tired.I am not satisfied with my living condition.I think the school treat me badly at my new days in this term.That was below the belt

Zineb,Algeria
Hi sir,u're such a splendid & outstanding teacher i've ever seen.your method in teaching covers all the bases.i'm quite obsessed with your british accent.well my story is full of distress,when my teacher in algeria asked me to search about some infs & i did my entire best & after presenting the search he said"what's the matter with you!!!,you're absent minded,you could probably do it if you kept your mind on it!!!!!!!!that was frustrated & i took it on the chin but u knw what? I didn't throw in the towel coz i used to be a strong fighter.

Rilwanu, Jos, Nigeria
Hi!my teacher i am from kano nigeria Two years ago had to take it on the chin when i faile the entrance examination of university althought it was actualy below the belt to hear all of my parent ,comment ,luckily ,i am not the kind of person who throw in the towel,so i tried my best to study and passed in the last year exams with rather good result.

Reza, Iran
Doubtlessly, the news of Iran post-election protests has travelled quickly across the world. The totalitarian regime of Iran crushed the innocent civilians with military forces armed up to the teeth, which was below the belt. Although, the younger generation seems to have been defeated and threw in the towel, it was just the beginning of a long and tough way ahead to liberty. We have to take it on the chin for a while, but it will not be long before they pay for all the blood spilt. Long live all free men and women on the earth globe.

Thao Dinh, Vietnam
I worked in a food shop. everything was gonna fine. yesterday, an hired worker spoke badly of me; and the boss believed it because he was his nephew. That was below the belt. And today, I tried to explain, but what must be must be. I could do nothing, so I threw in the towel; I mean to quit the job.

Renee, Taiwan
I am about to throw in the towel as the job I am doing now is extremly exhausting. One co-worker of mine says something which is below the belt to me sometimes. Foe protecting myself, I decide not to take it on the chin next time.

Kyle, Scotland
Boo Hiss for the teacher!!!!

Maha, Pakistan
my dearest aunt stir me with a shock when she blame me of a matter which was actually done by her daughter,when she blamed me,i feel that it was below the belt,but i dont care because i have to live more with them so i take it on the chin,its a greate hurdle for me to live in such circumstances so i throw in the towel,and try to manage my life myself.

Emily Dubois, France
He took it on the chin during the street fight. The student was checking me out during the exam. That was below the belt. I need to go on vacation. So I decided to throw in the towel and leave my job.

Tim, Hong Kong
After worldwide financial crisis, I have taken my chin to receive 10% off monthly salaries. But some of elder colleague was below the belt to accept no double pay commence last year. However, one of bravely colleague threw in towel to choose lay off. I was proud of him. I hope he can find another job after his half year Europe trip.

Karen, Taiwan
As a graduate student, my advisor often criticizes my thesis. Sometimes her suggestions are very helpful, but sometimes her comments are below the belt. In order to get the degree, I should take it on the chin and never throw in a towel. Keep on going, Karen.

Vijay, India
It was below the belt when my boss told I am not capable enough to complete the work, even though I have finished the task on time to best of my ability with loads of hard work. However, I have to take his words on the chin as it could be correct in his perspective but that does not mean I have to throw the towel.

Burak, Turkey
yesterday my mother got cleaned the whole house to me ıt was so below the belt for a boy.At the end of the day ı had to throw in the towel.while ı was resting on the couch my sis came and started to make fun of with me.ı couldnt stand any more so ı didnt take it on the chin.

Jinu, India
It was below the belt for bob since he was innocent .I had to take the suspension order on the chin since I was wrong in my decision.Dan is not the kind of person who throws in his towel at such an awesome challenge.

Mustafa, Turkey.
As a son of a farmer, cleaning the stable every morning is like taking this dirty work on the chin. Apart from cleaning, sometimes I have to go to town to purchase some hay for livestocks. And it is below the belt.

Roy, Colombia
My sister is about to get married, but the Priest who is going to celebrate the wedding is putting a lots of condition by complicating the situation when the date is near. She had all request ready for doing the fixed date and it was below the belt and although she has to take it on the chin I suggest she does not even try to throw in the towel for it.

Chi, Vietnam
It was below the belt that I failed in the Toefl-exam last week. That means i can't fly abroad for studying. Though i have to take it on the chin that my english now is not so good as i hoped. But i'll never throw in the towel!

Ahmed, Egypt
I was thinking of throwing the towel when it became booring learing English. But when I saw this series, I decided to take it on the chin, and that was below the belt as I had to restudy all the 4 previous series asap, and I am so busy.

Gao Bo, China
When I was 4 years old, my parents got divorced. Being a child,I had to take it on the chin and I stubbornly thought it was below the belt throughout my childhood. Whatever happened, I have never thrown in the towel in my life. Confidence and hard work do make a difference.And now I am living an independent life and have got a very happy family.

Lilya, Russia
My dream was to be an interpreter but one person said that I do not have natural abilities to it. That was below the belt.. In a few days time I took in the chin and threw in the towel .

Claire, France
I had to take his comments on the chin. However, when he told me that I hadn't worked enough, I thought that was below the belt. I decided not to throw the towel, and returned home thinking about how I could improve my skills.

Patricia, Colombia
When I started to learn English, I decided that I was going to take it on the chin, but once I was speaking with a native speaker and it was so difficult to him to understand me and that was below the belt but then I thought I am not the kind of person who throws in the towel.

Roberto, Argentina
As soon as I got to the airport to catch the 8pm flight to Rome, it was announced that the flight wouldn't take off before midnight. Although this bad news for me was really below the belt I had to take it on the chin and be as calm as possible. Despite my late arrival in Rome I would surely enjoy the summer holiday. So, there wasn't much point in throwing in the towel. Some special days in Italy were still ahead...

Ibrahim, Turkey
Hi Teacher, how nice to see you again! Your holiday was too long and I thought that you threw in towel about teaching us new idioms and wouldn't be back. I told myself, leaving us was a below the belt from you and I thought we had to take it on the chin but now your back! Thanks alot for your nice work!

Dmitri, Russia
My ex-girlfriend said once that I am a kind of person who would never achieve anything substantial in my life. That was below the belt. However, even though I took it on the chin I promised myself to prove the opposite. Years passed by and no matter how hard I tried to fulfill my promise there was nothing I could use to defend myself against her bitter words. She seemed to be right and I was about to throw in the towel but soon that day had come and I became a famous actor.

Stephan, Brazil
I was on train when saw a woman pregnant. I Stood up of the chair for she sit down. But she tell me that don't was pregnant, however was fat. I was very embarrassed, was really one take on the chin.

Yalda, Iran
I tried seriously for university internal exam but the first time I didn't accepted. My family forced me to study another subject and I had to take it on the chin. However, after consulting with my teacher, she recommended me that I should not easily throw in the towel and should try more and more. I tried and was accepted in the university in my favorite subject.

Maryam Iran, Germany
Some of cancer patients cannot overcome with their disease. I know that the cancer pain is almost always below the belt, but they have to take it on the chin. In the opposite side, some of them accept their situation, but they are so serious to be treated that I think they are not easily throwing in the towel.

Duyen, Vietnam
Hi! Teacher I'll tell you my sadness. I come from VietNam. But my father change his work place - in Singapo and of couse my family have to change , too. I have to take it on the chin. I tell on my father that I hate to leave in Viet Nam and convince him to find another job . He is so angry and give me over 2 hours lecture . Finally, I throw in the towel to come around my opinion...Hic..hic...

Skinny, France
i am doing my ramadan this time, i am tired and don't arrive to do anything else, but i know i have to take on the chin

Hoang, VIetnam
My literature teacher evaluated my homework very low. It was below the belt. Actually, I'm not very good at it. I have to take it on the chin. But I work so hard. I decided to throw the tower.

Cesar, Brazil
yesterday, my son make a show in a rock concert and the drums owner wants money to leave his band play on it. i said him that this was below the belt and he didn't take it on the chin, but after a long negotiation, he finaly decided to throw the towel.

Liujingjing,China
This term I am going to do a part time job as a substitute teacher on Thursday and Friday. But the problem is I have to attend my tutor's class on Friday. So I wanted to change my class with one of my classmates. You know what she said? "No, I can't change my plan. If I did, I have to get up early. No way!" My god, that was really under the belt. There is nothing I can do so I have to take my tutor's advise on the chin and throw my part time job in the towel.

Sakura, Japan
Last month, I was transferd to new office. People in there need a person who manage IT system of the office and they chose me as a leader of IT managing. I said I cant manage IT system, but they said new commer have to accept it. I had to take the role on the chin although I thouht that is below the belt. I have to study IT system and dont want to throw the belt!

Salaheldin m.b, Libya
the boss shouted at me yesterday ,and that was really under the belt,so i could not take it on the chin,therefor left the job and decided to not to throw the towel.

Casey, South Korea
I have two sons who always annoy me. They always fight with each other by the name of playing. The older one sometimes makes fun of the younger one, and then younger one hit him below the belt in return. I have to take it on the chin by the name of mother. And I can't throw in the towel even after all the troble they make because they're my bothersome but lovable boys.

Bird, China
I am a man but sometimes i have to throw in the towel to my wife on the daily things,that means you should learn how to take it on the chin,even though you are feeling that was below the belt.-A married man...

Yishan , China
From May I is continuing to reduce my weight.First three months I reduced 5Kg,but now the Augest I lost no weight though I had tried my best to eat less and exercise more.I felt that's below the belt and wanted to take it on the chin. But after reading a book about weight reducation ,I had the answer about why I can't lose weight now.So I will not throw in the towel and continue to reduce weight.My object is reducing 10Kg in eight months !

Anee,South Korea
Because of the work that was below the belt, I had to overwork, even work nights. But,unfortunately, I couldn't help but take it on the chin. At that time, I really wanted to throw in the towel.

Mauricio, Brazil
There is lot of articles to read until tomorrow but I won't throw in the towel and try to end up this before five o'clock. Sometimes in our life we must accept the challenges and take it on the chin, without complaining. Ok, it's right, but I want to tell to my teacher that gives five papers to read in a weekend was below the belt, oak!! tks.

Manuel, Colombia
A workpartner said to my boss that I was lazy because I arrived later at work. That was a below the belt. I believe the best thing in this case is to take it on chin but I'm not throw in the towel because now I'm working much more that before.

Amy, Taiwan
In my English class, My teacher usually gives more opportunities to beautiful damsels to practice. Even though it's pretty below the belt,I still have to take it on the chin. I am not the person who is easy to throw in the towel.

Guray, Turkey
I couldn't get my favourite job last week because of my poor English. That was quite below the belt to me. But I took it on the chin and intend to not to throw in the towel. I will try again.

Chaminda,Sri Lanka
I try that do not throw in the towel my studying English and Math,

Jessie, China
My boss gave me some extra job which she should do it by herself. That was quite below the belt. I had no choice but take it on the chin. Although I planed to go out for a travel with my son at the weekend, the extra job is quite hard to finish. So I threw my plan in the towel. My poor son!

Helen, Korea
My mother always critisize me. Usually she said something below the belt.I joined a marathon but I threw in the towel.I had to accepted the truth. I took it on the chin.

Dennis, Nigeria
Jane threw in the towel after a long period trial

Rodrigo, Chile
The Last week I gave my homework to my teacher. She checked It and said me that It was wrong. at the moment I had to take It on the chin. then, my classmatesbothered me and that was really bellow the belt I Covered my face with my hands..... I threw in the towel.

Lin, China
when I studied in high school. one day, my teacher suddenly asked me to stand on the stage in the classroom.She alleged me for dateing with my male friend in the front of all classmates.It was below the belt for me because she just didnot like me and everyone knew that.I threw in the towel to explain it to her.I took it on the chin. But she apologised to me after knowing that it was untruthful.

Meri,Italy
I always take the fact on the chin though with clenched teeth sometimes.Yesterday my daughter's reaction was below the belt.It was the straw that breaks the camel's back and I threw in the towel!

Ally, the Republic of Korea
When my flatmate get annoyed with me,I usually take it on my chin. However I will throw in the towel if her temper is on a short fuse.

Duyanh, Vietnam
My parents said that " You have to do exercise at 5 am everyday. Don't throw it in the towel until you're stronger". Although it was below the belt, I have to take it on the chin.

Ian, Malaysia
Many things happen in our life are just below the belt, sometimes we can't do anything then we just take it on the chin. As long as we don't throw in the towel easily, we must learn how to be resistance and this is one of the keys to success.

Roberta, Italy
When the university refuse my candidature I take it on te chin. But I didn't want throw in the towel, so the last year I tried again and...It was a success!!!!

Jess, Hong Kong
Dear Teacher,I love your programs. They are fantastic!!My mother frequently made comments about me that are below the belt eg. "you aren't good enough.", and "you are stupid." Since she is my mother (unfortunately i didn't have a choice!), I had to take it on the chin.However, I did not throw in the towel at studying, I got into medicine into the end.

Alessio, Italy
During my last 9 years of university, studying to became a Biologist, I always dreamed too much times my only wish: working as a Zoologist, surrounded by nature and wild animals! But waking up from this dream, after having heard many teachers telling me in Italy is impossible doing this work even if you are very able and clever with nature and animal researches, has been really below the belt! I took this italian situation on the chin, but I'll never throw in the towel! As you can see, Teacher, thanks to your precious idiom lessons, I'm studying English every day! So, when my English knowledge is ready, I'll leave Rome by a flight to Sydney! I'm sure in Australia I'll find my working way!

Elena, Russia
I had been going out with my ex-boyfriend for nearly 3 months before he suddenly stopped calling me without any reasons for this. It was below the belt. But time cures so I've taken it on the chin and even if he's met someone better, I'm ready to throw in the towel.

Ping, China
I dont know what's wrong with my computer for seeing your new series Boxing idiom, got stuck in the middle of it. At last, I threw in the towel.

Rick, China
The government expropriated my house and all the people living here thought it was below the belt. But now the house has been razed by an unknown mob, I have no choice but to throw the towel and take the fact on the chin.

Linda, Spain
I´m learning english by myself, and I have to say that sometimes I wanted to throw in the towel. Fortunately I became assiduous attending these lessons and everything is much easier and funny.

San, Hong Kong
My colleague told me that her boss blamed her that she even can't handle a normal enquiry even thought she had more than ten year experiences in the company. That was below the belt. She is not an idiot, I ask her to throw in the towel and find another job, but she took it on the chin.

Charly, Philippines
If something awful event comes into my life, and can't complain, I better accept the truth without whinning although often it is heating me below the belt. Definitely, I am a determined lady who never easily gives up, so I make it a point that I will do my best to reach any goal in life no matter I stumble.

Sorchuchu, Mauritius
I was out of job since 2008 and is still looking for one. Can you believed with my MBA qualification and 15 years of working experiences in management. Now, I am still out of job, I was told my the interviewer that I am either over qualify or I am not in the field. I have to take it on the chin and that was below the belt. Thus, I throws in the towel to find job and decided to go back to school this year.

Omer, Pakistan
To write the sentence is below the belt as i like to write novels these titles.when i started to write the sentences makes no sense then i going to throw in the towel the idea of sentence writing .But i remember your word it and i take the task on the chin.

Enoc, Mexico
I'd have thrown in the towel when my boss told me I wouldn´t be promoted at work. But I had to take it on the chin because he argued that I was so good for a better position in the future. However, I still think that it was below the belt.

Andrzej, Poland
I was working like a dog and now she is telling me that I'm lazy? That's just below the belt! I'll take it on the chin this time and wait until she throws in the towel.

Elka, Bulgaria
I took it on the chin when I learnt that my husband had been having an affair, but the news that my lover had been having an affair as well was a blow below the belt. I threw in the towel and went to LA to mend my broken heart.

Basia, Poland
I've almost thrown in the towel when he said I was not good enough for him. But who cares? Even though that was so belowe the belt I took it on the chin and now I am happily married to a truely beloved man:)

Midan, Denmark
Today there was a friend coming around. He was supposed to spend some time with us but unfortunately, my husband had headache badly. It was really below the belt. The friend consequently had to leave soon. He was not very happy about it but he took it on the chin.

Rita, Thailand
It sound like your boss is below the belt when he try to promote Peter to be his assistant manager to the management meeting yesterday. At that time I noticed that others manager had to take it on the chin about that situation however Robert, I don't want you to throws in the towel. Keep on going the god has the eyes.

Lucy, Czech Republic
I have started with new job week ago and I was under some conditions which I had to sign. But yesterday I found out that there are some unwrite conditions that I have to follow or I will be "knock out". I think it was below the belt but I have to take it on the chin because I need money.

Diana, Colombia
I thown in the towel when I was working as a housekeeping in a bad hotel in UK because it was underpaid.

Raul, Spain
Everyday we have a meeting at work. We discuss a lot and in some situations someone takes it on the chin about other people.Yesterday, I had a lot of work and my boss ordered me an unpleasant task, so I was below the belt, but I worked hard because I like finish all my tasks and never throw in the towel.

Yong, China
I had to take it on the chin in the begining of my experience abroad.I encountered all kinds of English and great difficulties in communication when I met with friends from different countries. I felt it was below the belt because the difficulties just came from I was not good at English. But I didn't throw in the towel. So I came here for some help.

Fouad ,France
Yesterday,when I was playing video games ,I lost in a race beacause my brother was in front of the screen during my race! It was below the belt to act like that!

Serge, Russia
It offen happens to receive strikes below the belt. Sometimes I think maybe it would be a bit better to tie the belt a bit lower). But the best way, anyway, is never to throw in the towel.

Hong, Vietnam
A friend of my husband said that i cannot produce a baby. That was below the belt. At present, i have not a baby yet, take fact on the chin. I hope i can do that. I do not believe that i throw in the towel.

Ghazi, Sultanate of Oman
hi chums,i'd like to tell you my difficult experience with english!!i was really bad in english and always fed up with that!!one day,as usuall, i went to my english teacher who named mr. sinon blackburn!!that day, i just wanted to improve my speaking skills!so,i knocked his office door and he said "come in'!he asked me" how can i help you today?yuo know, he had no time to waste with me because he had lots to do.so i fibbed about this visit and told him that i came to learn british accent!!then, he got surprise and laugh!!afterwards, he asked me if really mean't that!!i told him"yep, i'm very sure of that"!after that he told me get online on this "www.bbc.co.uk" !since that day, i've been taken by british accent and this web sit provides me the never be forgettable favour!!thanks ever so mush my mr.simon and my bbc teacher and all those who supporte this website!!from now, i wo'nt take it on the chin because of english,i promise not to throw in the towel. i admit that i was below the belt, and will never be below any more!my rgards

Kevin, China
Yesterday i delete some system files on my pc accidently then the system crashes. It is really below the belt for i have set the system for only two days.I could do nothing but take it on the chin. After retrying several times, i have to throw in the towel and rebuild the system again.

Valentina, China
Aww, Teacher! You're finally back! We've been expecting you! The series is amazing, never throw in the towel!

Walter, Guatemala
I have been practicing boxing for a few months, and I started feeling a sort of funny movement on my front tooth. Even though my dentist told me that it has to be removed, which was below the belt, I decided to take it to the chin and do it.By the way, this insignificant incident will not force me throwing in the towel.

Anna,China
When he said to me'you are a loser',that was below the belt! But what can i do? I WERE beated! All i can do is take the that on the chin and throw the towel.

Daniel, Colombia
This monday, I had a problem in the school, because I didn't had made my homework. I had to take it on the chin.It was below the belt, because I usually do my homework, and my classmates laughed me; but i didn´t threw in the towel

Evelyn, Guatemala
Today a classmate told me I was out of the group because my English level was not as high as their, IT WAS BELOW THE BELT! :( and I HAD TO TAKE IT ON THE CHIN! I´ll study English harder than ever before and won't THROW IN THE TOWEL! and I'll be even better than them. Your videos Rock!!!

Sami,Tunisia
Mum is all the time nagging at me to have a job,the matter what it takes because i just turned 27 years old.i'am doing my best,but in vain.One day,mum and dad told me that i'am such a LOSER!!that was really really below the belt!yet i had to take this affront on the chin.Right now i'm telling them"no my dears i'll never throw in the towel,i'll prove to you that i'm not a loser!trust me".

Mehmet , Turkey
First of all,when I was a younger child I wasn't used to take it on the chin because I thought that many criticisms about me were unfair and completely biased In the meantime, I used to take the criticisms on the chin in spite of being unfair.Secondly,When I was working as a medical sales representative in a pharmaceutical company,I was below the belt because my district manager was afraid of taking place him so he made some unfair allegations,lies,accusations make me redundant.I am not a kind of person who throw in the towel when I have encountered difficulties and hard times.Only stupid people throw in the towel if they haven't succeeded in yet. Thomas Edison said that being a successful person 1 percent of genius relatively 99 percent of perspiration.

Serena, China
Whatever I do, he ridicule my hard work harshly. That is below the bell. Contrary to throw in the towel, I take i ton the chain. I have a strong belief that he will finally appreciate my great diligence.

Leandro Souza, Brazil
Many people like to tell us things that are really bellow the belt. But we cannot throw in the towel because life is full of that stuff, we just need to raise our heads and go on.

Qiushibo,Taiwan
I've been always taking it on the chin when it comes to my job. My boss is not a understanding man who usually says something below the belt. All I can to is to accept them because I don't want to throw in the towel.

Taiwan Yu
I'm regret that to tell my ex-boy friend that I had no feeling when he kissed me. That was really below the belt. Sorry.

Jung, Korea
When you live in a foreign country and do not use their language well, you may often face with the situation where you should take it on the chin even if you feel that it is below the belt for you. So, if you want to live mentally healthy life there, never throw in the tower to learn their language or you would end up with seeking help from a psychiatrist.

Raquel, Spain
After lots of years trying to keep the family together and doing lots of things for them when my brother said I never made the dinner I thought it was bellow the belt and finally I decided to throw in the towel and to be more selfish.

Thong, Vietnam
In working, it has much pressure. And some people do something that is below the belt. Sometimes, i have to take it on the chin. But i will never throw in the towel. I will try my best. And i will be successeful in a near day.

Eva, Spain
Lately I have abandoned a little bit my English and the other day a friend asked me a word in English and I didn't know the answer, he told me I had no idea of English, that was below the belt. But I never throw the towel with my English and thanks to this page I am refreshing it everyday.

Sebastiana, Spain
Telling me that I didn't help her, It has been below the belt. I decide to throw the towel and take the fact on the chin.

Andrea, Italy
Yesterday my boss gave me a quite unpleasant task which I had to take it on the chin. I had to write the report of the meeting. When I started to do it I realized that a colleague of mine switched off my PC and that was really below the belt. I wasn't able to restart it again thus I threw in the towel.

Pornpen, Thailand
Our customer agreed to use our survice as per our quotation. But after two months he ask for our discount. I thought that was below the belt.

Emily, South of Korea
I'm not kind of person who throws in the towel. Rather, I'm a self-starter, energetic, hihgly motivated. If something difficult happens, I'll always try to take in on the chin.

Ginger, China
I spend a lot of time on stock market this month, assisting my friend sell or buy in stocks. I found interesting and I was going to invest something as well. My friend asserted that I would loss money instead of gain if I were play.He said I had no business mind. That's below the belt. well, he may be right. I am not good at stocks. Today, the stock changed sharply, I took his comments on the chin and threw it in the towl.

Tin, Myanmar
welcome back sir. Last week my boss said that he will cut our salary and he said due to Economy crisis. That was below the belt for us because his busines is as good as before . We will have to take it on the chin if we can not find the new job.

Nghia, Vietnam
Last month, i had my result of graduate examination and i failed in that exam. My father said that i'm a zero, so i was so so below the belt and just took it on the chin. Just some of my friends understood me, they shared their experiences with me and told me not throw in the towel. Finally, i set up a plan in a long term to get a better result in the future.

Bingfeng, China
As a property agent, I am dealing with different people everyday. Sometimes, the agent or client you deal with could be very unreasonable and throwing their bad words in tempor to you through the phone. That's really below the belt. However, in some circumstances, you have to take it on the chin in order to close the sale. After doing this for about half year, I really feel tired on keeping to talk to others day after day, I intend to throw in my towel soon.

Monica, Colombia
If I do not learn English quickly, I am going to throws in the towel. I am tire that people don't underdestand me when I speak, I know that my pronunciation is bad I'm not going to take it on the chin I will continue working on that.

Seok, South Korea
In the blind meeting, I tried to delight her with funny stories. But contrary to my expectation, she did not laugh at all. When my story was ended, she told me bluntly "you are so boring". I had to take on the chin and I felt that I had failed to make her laugh with my funny story. At that time, I had a only one choice to throw in the towel.

Bruno, Brazil
1.Yesterday, my work was driving me crazy but i'm not going to throw in the lowel because i knew if i try i do.2.Today my friend was below the belt because she tells me a bigger lie about her friend and i had to accept this lie, i'm really take it on the chin.

Sy, Cambodia
It was below the belt to cook foods for me and I have to take it on the chin when someone asked me to claim the tree. I have to throw in the towel.

Ivan, Colombia
I failed my first english exam in the school, and my teacher told me that I had a really bad english, that was like a punch below the belt because I had studied really hard, but I just took it on the chin. I did the next exam pretty good, cause I never give up, I never throw the towel.

Attila, Hungary
Hello Teacher, I'm a very optimist and intelligent student from Hungary. I bet you've never been got homework from Hungary before! I also try to do my best all things, but unfortunately my efforts are not always are crowned by success. I live with the theory that positive thinking helps you to reach your goal, so I never throw in the towel.

Saviludun, Taiwan
The village washed away by mud due to typhoon in Taiwan this August, it was below the belt for all of people. Complaints had been made, the government had to take it on the chin as they didn't well manage and protect those people's home land. However, the survivors were not able to throw in the towel as they need to recover their village and go on their life.

Ainars, Latvia
While i was running my first marathon, my mind urged to throw in the towel 'cos it was like a punch below the belt, but i didn't give up and it took it on the chin.

Arale, Vietnam
Last Monday, my boss asked me to bring the drawings to our vice director.Actually, i hate seeing him but i had to take it on the chin.When he took a look at my drawings, he said:"Not correct, you're useless".That was below the belt.At that moment, I really wanted to throw in the towel.

Denis Rocha, Brazil
I'm a hard nut to crack; I don't give in easily; I never give up the ghost. In short, I never throw in the towel. But I have been on the verge of doing so when I was told I would not be a good English teacher some years ago. It was a sort of comment that I thought below the belt. But I refused to take it on the chin. TodaY I'm an EFL teacher and I don't think I am doing at all badly.

Sai, Thailand
Yesterday, my girl friend complained to me that I do not give enough care for her. I had to take it on the chin as I was very busy with work last weeks. She said she would break up with me and it was below the belt for me.However, I was not able to throw in the towel as I was succeeded in continuing our relationship.

Raquel, Colombia
1. My boy friend told me i was a laisy women because i dont like to iron. I think that was below the belt. 2. I was playing basket boll last sunday, and i couldn´t put one ball on the basket, so Andrea thinks i`m very bad player.Maybe i have to take it on the chin but i`m not going to throw in the towel, because i enjoy playing a lot.

Samuel, Taiwan
I don't throw in the towel too often because I always wanted to do my very best and never give up!

Marina, Russia
Currently I'm trying to pass an exam to get a driver's license. The first time round I failed, and my friends told me to take it on the chin and not to try again. That was below the belt. But I'm not going to throw in the towel, i'm sure I'll manage to pass it.

Xavier, China
My flatmate says I'm very bossy in the kitchen, because whenever she offers her kind help, I always find things not being done to my satisfaction and start being critical of them, which is a bit below the belt; and being such a gentle English lady, all she does is to 'take it on the chin'. But she never throws in the towel until I say 'why don't you just go to set the table?'

Inah, Republic of Korea
Just like the one who had to take it on the chin about what the boss had said to him in that video, at school, I have to or maybe every student has to take it on the chin when teachers get angry and say something dishonorable to us. p.s. that video is very fun and the idioms are learned by heart promptly.Thank you.

Phˇng, Vietnam
Two years ago, I had to take it on the chin when I failed the university entrance examination although it was actually below the belt to hear all of my parents' comments. Luckily, I am not the kind of person who throws in the towel, so I tried my best to study and passed in the last year exam with a rather good result.

Nate, South Korea
I've learned English over 15 years so far. However, I just tried to throw in the towel studying English because I could not speak a perfect sentence to English natives. Fortunately, I'm getting better and better after I met this website BBC Learning English. It gives me lots of chances to know English idioms, vocabularies, and other useful expressions I don't know.

Dominika, Poland
I used to be a person who was easy throwing in the towel but now I've been trying to change it and don't give up even getting punch which is below the belt.

Adriana, Argentina
When my children were born I quit my job so that I could stay with them. Once my jusband said: ´these children are spoilt"; that was really below the belt.

Musa Tariq, Pakistan
That was below the belt when my boss says that you are fired.When my boss fired me, I can't do anything except to take that on the chin.After wrong answering of three questions, I throw in the towel because I can't defeat him.

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