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admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. Well, I ran a good campaign, but it is time I admitted defeat in this election.
See also: admit, defeat
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However, he now admits defeat. 'This is a commercial decision and one that we have taken reluctantly,' he said.
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Let's see a more positive management than one that admits defeat.
it seems to me that modem society admits defeat when the only treatment it can prescribe is legal torture or legal murder.
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