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wave 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 waved 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 wave a white flag.
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It is little comfort to share the joke that drivers of low intelligence are these days required to wave a white flag with a red cross on it -the more the flags on a car, the lower the intelligence.