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white flag

an all-white banner or piece of cloth, used as a symbol of surrender or truce.
hoist / show / wave the white flag, to give up; weaken; yield.
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white-flag, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now might be an appropriate time to throw in the white flag of surrender.
  • They're ready to wave the white flag and declare defeat.
  • The visitors affixed to it a white flag bound with red, white, and blue.
  • Another round was fired and the white flag withdrew.
  • Be sure to mark the area of excavation with white paint or a white flag.
  • With the belief that traveling under a white flag would protect them, the group made no effort to conceal its activities.
British Dictionary definitions for white flag

white flag

a white flag or a piece of white cloth hoisted to signify surrender or request a truce
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