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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.
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As half-time approached, the Serb appeared to show the white flag as he began holding his leg and looking over to the bench.
God-forsaken Afghanistan, where there is now more spilt blood than sand, where America dare not show the white flag through fear of adding it to their other war failures.
We may not "fight on the beaches" but some of us are unlikely to show the white flag. Hoylake - fight on!
But on Sunday in Cardiff he had a feeling Beziers were ``beginning to show the white flag''.
England were not about to show the white flag and they drew level in unusual circumstances.
O'Mahoney was sent off and just when Doonbeg were expected to show the white flag they rallied to the cause and put in that amazing late scoring burst.
TOOMEVARA refused to show the white flag and Dunne gave them a lifeline with another score.
"We had two choices, either to show the white flag or to accept the challenge.