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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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Early in the morning Peter of Colfax resumed his endeavors to persuade her to come out; he even admitted defeat and promised her safe conduct to her father's castle, but Bertrade de Montfort was not one to be fooled by his lying tongue.
Chevron has admitted defeat in the multi-billion dollar battle to buy oil and gas giant Anadarko, handing victory to rival Occidental.
MINISTERS have admitted defeat in the battle to make the nation safe for red squirrels by wiping out their grey cousins.
Punch Taverns admitted defeat yesterday in its attempt to convince lenders to back a controversial plan for tackling its PS2.3 billion debt mountain.
SCOTLAND rugby chiefs last night admitted defeat in their battle to immediately secure Vern Cotter as head coach.
FABRICIO COLOCCINI will not be allowed to quit Newcastle on a free - and San Lorenzo have admitted defeat in their bid to sign him.
TAEKWONDO world number one Aaron Cook has finally admitted defeat in his bid to fight at London 2012 after deciding not to appeal against his exclusion from Team GB at the High Court.
There had been speculation that an attempt could be made to recoup the debt from her attendance allowance or pension, but the commission has now effectively admitted defeat at a meeting in Westminster.
With England hot favourites to win Group G, Toshack admitted defeat by Bulgaria next month would leave Wales without "too much chance" of making it to Poland and Ukraine.
Summary: Robbie Fowler is on the lookout for a new club after North Queensland Fury admitted defeat in their quest to retain his services.
The chief executive of the NewYork-based exchange, Bob Greifeld, pledged to wage a long battle for the LSE in a sign that it has already admitted defeat ahead of the shareholder acceptance deadline next Saturday.
ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has admitted defeat in his fight to stop Edu leaving for Valencia.
Police have admitted defeat in their hunt for the drug dealers who supplied the ecstasy tablets that caused the death of a Midland soldier.
MINNOWS Morpeth Town have admitted defeat in their cheeky bid to sign ex-England star Paul Gascoigne.
Gerard Butler has admitted defeat in his battle to get last year's Coral-Eclipse Stakes winner Compton Admiral back on the course this season.