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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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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.
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