- 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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The question of uniform was condoned, however, just as the white-flag incidents were condoned.The War in South Africa
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a white flag or a piece of white cloth hoisted to signify surrender or request a truce
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