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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.
See also: flag, hoist, white
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On the football displayed by the Bhoys they should have had the Fifers hoisting the white flag long before the turn-round.
They led off by hoisting the white flag, and then firing on our fellows.
They were spineless and gutless at Southampton, tamely hoisting the white flag of surrender.
But he enraged Oatway by accusing Poyet of hoisting the white flag in his comments as Sky Sports summariser before the game with Manchester City.
The resultant fire-fight was brief but decisive, with the pirates quickly losing any stomach they might have had for a protracted confrontation and hoisting the white flag of surrender," it added.
Instead of hoisting the white flag of surrender they knuckled down and inspired substitutions turned the game on its head.
Newcastle were the latest high-profile victims on Bolton soil, hoisting the white flag after the hosts had stormed into a two-goal lead inside the first 50 minutes.
BILL KENWRIGHT is hoisting the white flag on his attempts to make Everton great again in what many will see as a searingly honest assessment of life at the top.
The Gibson Cup may be slipping from Glentoran's grasp, but that doesn't mean hoisting the white flag, argues lion-hearted Walker.
An hour before Leeds had kicked seven points clear of third-placed Chelsea, Arsenal were hoisting the white flag thanks to a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough.
DAVE BASSETT has challenged his Leicester City players to prove they are not the bunch of losers and chokers they have been labelled since hoisting the white flag against Derby.