show the white flag

white flag

noun
1.
an all-white banner or piece of cloth, used as a symbol of surrender or truce.
Idioms
2.
hoist/show/wave the white flag, to give up; weaken; yield.

Origin:
1590–1600

white-flag, adjective
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white flag
 
n
a white flag or a piece of white cloth hoisted to signify surrender or request a truce

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