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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.
See also: flag, wave, white
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It comes as drinks giant Allied Domecq waves the white flag in its battle for Australia's Peter Lehmann Wines.
A war is not over until the enemy is no longer standing or waves the white flag of surrender.