white flag, hang out/show the

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white flag, hang out/show the

Surrender; give up, yield. In military circles the white flag betokened surrender by 1600 or so. “A ship garnished with white flags of peace,” wrote Philemon Holland in his 1600 translation of the Roman historian Livy.
See also: hang, out, show, white
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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