hoist a/the white flag

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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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The units of that vast and varied population bought and learnt what had happened; there had been a fight and New York had hoisted the white flag.
Four soon become five as the Magpies hoisted the white flag with more abysmal defending.
But with Chelsea the visitors to the Stadium of Light this afternoon, Norwich entertaining Manchester United this lunchtime, and with Newcastle facing an already-relegated Aston Villa side that long ago hoisted the white flag, the balance of power could shift away from Wearside if Sunderland lose and either the Canaries or the Magpies win.
Somebody is to do something one of the results in an or an outstanding ability Sunderland allardyce Yet with Chelsea the visitors to the Stadium of Light this afternoon, Norwich entertaining Manchester United this lunchtime and Newcastle facing an already-relegated Aston Villa side which long ago hoisted the white flag, the balance of power could shift away from Wearside if Sunderland lose and either the Canaries or the Magpies win.
Former cabinet minister and EU commissioner Lord Mandelson said that the Vote Leave campaign had "hoisted the white flag on arguments around the economy" and was now running a "Ukip-lite strategy centred on immigration".
And most worrying was the manner in which they hoisted the white flag of surrender.
THE coalition has endured dark days but none as humiliating as yesterday when it hoisted the white flag of surrender on reforming the creaking, antiquated House of Lords.
A man who has won 13 trophies in four seasons and helped create the best club team in the world playing the best football in the world has hoisted the white flag because his incredible team doesn't whip in enough crosses or shoot from 30 yards.
It seems to me that, although Liverpool punches above its weight in visual arts, when it comes to opera - and ballet, too, for that matter - the cultural powers in the city have simply hoisted the white flag of surrender to Manchester.
James admitted he was "gutted" when he was exposed by Jason Robinson's late try down his flank, but by then Wales had well and truly hoisted the white flag in embarrassing surrender.
The unacceptable way in which Boro hoisted the white flag against Aston Villa has doubled Gareth Southgate's end of season problems.
With Sarwan gone the Windies hoisted the white flag and six wickets fell in 49 minutes for the addition of just 13 runs.
criticized the government's announcement, noting that while ministers "have admitted that building roads will not solve the problem of congestion....they have hoisted the white flag to the roads lobby."
'But rather than fighting for sustainable solutions, they have hoisted the white flag to the roads lobby.
But in reality the home side had long since hoisted the white flag of surrender.