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Old October 08, 2008, 06:19 AM
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Echar el cierre

I think this means to give up or figuratively throw in the towel. Am I right?
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It means to close down or to shut down.
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The translation for 'to throw in the towel' can be found here.
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Sorry, I can't find a lot of metaphorical meaning in the way we use the idiom here in Spain, echar el cierre is to lock up a smal business as you leave every day, metaphorically it may refer to a career shift, such as:

Hemos echado el cierre a comerciar con Asia, ahora solo trabajamos con America
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"Echar el cierre"
respondo en español porque hoy tengo mucho que leer.
Las casas antiguas en España tienen un cierre (cerrojo), normalmente grande y pesado, que impedía que las puertas se abriesen desde fuera.
En sentido normal "echar el cierre", es cerrar la tienda/negocio porque te vas a casa a dormir/comer, etc. como indica Hopper.
En sentido figurado, es cuando quieres acabar algo "Seguimos jugando a la Wii o echamos el cierre?" e incluso "echar el cierre" es cuando cierras definitivamente una fábrica/negocio.

"tirar la toalla" es abandonar un empeño, una ilusión, un proyecto.
En principio no son iguales. Si que pueden significar lo mismo si lo que cierras/acabas es una ilusión proyecto.

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"juan echó el cierre a su deseo de ser futbolista"
"Juan quería ser futbolista, pero tiró la toalla"

distintas
"La fábrica de harina echa el cierre definitivo"
"La fábrica de harina tira la toalla" NO

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