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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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The title of curator Francesco Bonami's installment of the second SITE Santa Fe Biennial - "TRUCE: Echoes of Art in an Age of Endless Conclusions" - waves a white flag and suggests that viewers approach the exhibition with an olive branch.