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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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Thiem, beaten 6-1 6-0 by Djokovic in Rome last month, could hardly believe his luck as his Serbian opponent waved the white flag in the third set, losing it in 20 minutes.
In my case, these were shattered soon after the birth of my first baby - on the day I waved the white flag on introducing a 'routine', stocked up on dummies and, by the time he was a toddler, gave up on the purple broccoli and chickpea bakes and bought some chicken nuggets.
Mourinho seemingly waved the white flag following Chelsea's shock defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday and insisted that his side is now out of the running, the report added.
He was gutted at the way his players waved the white flag in a humiliating 9-0 home defeat to Cove last week.
Tom Bonell, Roger Davies, Adrian Killa and skipper Richard Davies all crossed for home tries as the Gwent side waved the white flag.
I thought people who had reached the grand old age of 40 had just kind of given up on life, waved the white flag and got fat.
England needed to win the final two rubbers to secure gold, but Anthony Clark and Robert Blair failed to achieve mission impossible and went down 21-14, 21-14 as England tamely waved the white flag.
Then, after just half an hour, officials waved the white flag and stopped play.
The big-name hedge funds, it seems, have waved the white flag and surrendered.
SystemSoft Corp, the long-troubled PC card and BIOS software company has finally waved the white flag and declared bankruptcy.
The Oaks waved the white flag and sent outfielder Duane Filchner to the mound for the ninth.
While others waved the white flag, Jimmy Walker was one of Tom Watson's go-to guys; and Jordan Spieth and the gutsy Patrick Reed (above) were a potent pairing in foursomes and fourballs.
Magnanimous in defeat, Henderson said: "I went to Paul with my handkerchief and waved the white flag.
Senior GMB organiser for Durham and Tees Valley, Jackie Woodall, said: "The firm has waved the white flag and given in, and the fact they are not going to appeal again is a huge relief for our members.
But Davina eventually waved the white flag and handed her the dress so they could start filming at Hertfordshire's Bushey Campus.