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show a/the white flag

To offer a sign of surrender or defeat; to yield or give in. After the prosecutors brought forward their newest evidence, the defendant showed the white flag and agreed to the plea bargain. We've been in negotiations for weeks, but it looks like the other company might finally be ready to show a white flag.
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As half-time approached, the Serb appeared to show the white flag as he began holding his leg and looking over to the bench.
God-forsaken Afghanistan, where there is now more spilt blood than sand, where America dare not show the white flag through fear of adding it to their other war failures.
We may not "fight on the beaches" but some of us are unlikely to show the white flag.
England were not about to show the white flag and they drew level in unusual circumstances.
O'Mahoney was sent off and just when Doonbeg were expected to show the white flag they rallied to the cause and put in that amazing late scoring burst.
TOOMEVARA refused to show the white flag and Dunne gave them a lifeline with another score.
We had two choices, either to show the white flag or to accept the challenge.