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white flag

noun

  1. an all-white banner or piece of cloth, used as a symbol of surrender or truce.


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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Other Words From

  • white-flag adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of white flag1

First recorded in 1590–1600

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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. hoist / show / wave the white flag, to give up; weaken; yield.

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Example Sentences

But quite unlike the schmuck, and this is the fun part, they never run up the white flag; indeed quite the opposite.

At the first sign of trouble, Jeff and Britta throw the white flag.

This president… seems to be waving the white flag of surrender.

A born-to-the-political-manor princeling has thrown up a white flag—and the worst may be yet to come.

Elsewhere, Republicans began to wave the white flag of surrender.

A white woman, Mrs. Henry Jacobi, who had been taken prisoner early in the month, crossed the plain holding a white flag.

A white flag waved on the rampart, and the drums of the garrison beat the chamade.

For some time after the white flag was hoisted there was street-fighting between the rebels and the loyals.

These men were seen coming down the railway-track carrying a white flag.

If he were provoked, the white flag might in a few days be again flying on the walls of Barcelona.

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