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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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Midriver, Tanaka sent a symbolic cardboard "ark" down the current, and after twenty-five long, cold minutes, he emerged onto a small islet, took hold of a long flagpole, and waved a white flag in all directions.