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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
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white-flag, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Because your sneaking rebel friends fire on the white flag, I tell you!

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
  • Would it not be well to send one of our party on in advance with a white flag?

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • The French man-of-war Zelle transported them to p218 Raiatea, and the two officials landed under the white flag of truce.

  • The white flag, however, was held up higher by the officer in the stern.

    "Old Mary" Louis Becke
  • Soon they saw a white flag flying on the shore and white men near it.

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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