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hoist 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 hoisted 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 hoist a white flag.
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But stripped through injury of some key players Preston weren't prepared to hoist the white flag of surrender.
Once again it was the backto-back games in the middle of the group and after Real Madrid's 3-0 romp at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers appeared to hoist the white flag in Spain.
If they don't they may as well wrap in right now, hoist the white flag above St James' Park, and retire to the Championship.
JORDON FORSTER is refusing to hoist the white flag in Hibs' bid to catch Hearts despite admitting the gulf between the sides in the race for promotion is now "massive".
FOUR-TIME Olympic champion Michael Johnson believes Mark Lewis-Francis can experience the joy of seeing the Union Jack raised at London 2012 - but only if the relay squad hoist the white flag pre race.
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However, it didn't take long for the city's retail sector to hoist the white flag. John Lewis at Liverpool One shut its doors mid-afternoon, along with other city centre shops.
Benayoun also conceded it would be difficult for Liverpool to overcome United in the title race, but refused to hoist the white flag over Anfield.
Regardless of the result of the rollicking Boxing Day Test, this new crop of Proteas has again showed they simply don't know when to hoist the white flag.
Teak-hard Smith, will never hoist the white flag. But he continued, 'I've seen the videos from the 5-0 defeat at Accrington and the 5-2 setback at Stockport - both are riddled with individual errors caused by me having to move players around to cover injuries.
Defiant manager Mark Jones refused to hoist the white flag as Town crashed to their heaviest European mauling at the Ratinen Stadium.
'We didn't stop trying and we didn't cave in - the last thing we want to do is hoist the white flag,' he said.
ASTON VILLA have been told to buy their way out of trouble rather than hoist the white flag of surrender.
Shinji Okazaki gave the hosts an early lead but Bremen refused to hoist the white flag.
That's not to say United ought to hoist the white flag and surrender.