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white flag

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

Origin of white flag

First recorded in 1590–1600
Related formswhite-flag, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The question of uniform was condoned, however, just as the white-flag incidents were condoned.

    The War in South Africa</p>

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for white flag

white flag

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