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Also, hang out or hoist the white flag . Surrender, yield, as in Our opponents held all the cards tonight, so we showed the white flag and left early. This expression alludes to the white flag indicating a surrender in battle, a custom apparently dating from Roman times and adopted as an international symbol of surrender or truce. [Late 1600s]
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If they don't they may as well wrap in right now, hoist the white flag above St James' Park, and retire to the Championship.
Shinji Okazaki gave the hosts an early lead but Bremen refused to hoist the white flag.
JORDON FORSTER is refusing to hoist the white flag in Hibs' bid to catch Hearts despite admitting the gulf between the sides in the race for promotion is now "massive".
FOUR-TIME Olympic champion Michael Johnson believes Mark Lewis-Francis can experience the joy of seeing the Union Jack raised at London 2012 - but only if the relay squad hoist the white flag pre race.
ONE TO LAY Fabulous Alibi (Nottingham) STILL showing plenty of early fizz but is too quick to hoist the white flag.
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However, it didn't take long for the city's retail sector to hoist the white flag.
Benayoun also conceded it would be difficult for Liverpool to overcome United in the title race, but refused to hoist the white flag over Anfield.
Regardless of the result of the rollicking Boxing Day Test, this new crop of Proteas has again showed they simply don't know when to hoist the white flag.
But West Brom refused to hoist the white flag and were rewarded when Martin Albrechtsen nodded in a corner, and Johnson followed suit with an attempted clearance.
Defiant manager Mark Jones refused to hoist the white flag as Town crashed to their heaviest European mauling at the Ratinen Stadium.
Wenger's face tells a different story now as the Frenchman's battered troops look ready to hoist the white flag in the title battle.
We didn't stop trying and we didn't cave in - the last thing we want to do is hoist the white flag,' he said.
That's not to say United ought to hoist the white flag and surrender.
But even though he admitted his team is not playing well enough to fulfil its pre-season aim of a top-eight finish, Smith has refused to hoist the white flag with 12 regular-season games to go.