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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.
Origin of white flag
First recorded in 1590-1600
Related forms
white-flag, adjective Unabridged
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  • The French had just got possession of Cadiz, as we got in, and we found the white flag flying.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • At last, O'Shane's boat was seen returning—but no white flag!

  • This time she was floating on the surface and carrying a white flag.

  • I gave orders to raise the white flag; tell me, why do they continue firing?

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Why do they continue to fire, General, when I have given orders to hoist the white flag?

    The Downfall Emile Zola
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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