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flag of truce

noun, Military
a white flag displayed as an invitation to the enemy to confer, or carried as a sign of peaceful intention by one sent to deal with the enemy.
Origin of flag of truce
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If we turned for the left it would be for the flag-of-truce boat; if to the right, it meant an indefinite stay in prison.

  • The New York flag-of-truce boat was found lying at the wharf with four hundred prisoners, whom she had not time to deliver.

    The Black Phalanx Joseph T. Wilson
  • But when the flag-of-truce party reached the "Horn o' Plenty" they found not a corsair there!

  • The flag-of-truce boats of the different parties presented terrible contrasts.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
  • They sent forward a flag-of-truce, and demanded the instant surrender of the stockade.

  • While waiting at City Point for the "flag-of-truce boat," we sauntered up from the wharf.

    Folly as It Flies Fanny Fern
  • We were expecting almost hourly to be put on a flag-of-truce boat.

  • Shortly after the fighting ceased, Colonel Ellet sent the ram Lioness, under a flag-of-truce, to demand the surrender of the city.

  • In fifteen minutes an officer came to take their paroles, and they were escorted to the union lines by a flag-of-truce party.

    The Lost Army Thomas W. Knox
British Dictionary definitions for flag-of-truce

flag of truce

a white flag indicating the peaceful intent of its bearer or an invitation to an enemy to negotiate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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