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white flag

A signal of surrender or defeat; a sign that one going to yield or give up. (From the literal white flag originating in military use, which signaled a protective truce or ceasefire so that negotiations could be arranged.) The president's speech today was seen by many as a white flag regarding his controversial stance on the immigration debate. 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, white
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The European Commissioner said that Carmelo Vella is pleased to be part of the White Flag initiative undertaken own inner harbor in Malta.
We take the White Flag to four new countries, and Macedonia is one of the first among them.
One minute Gus is waving the white flag, and the next minute he's the best thing since sliced bread.
2-second lead on teammate Brad Keselowski while closing in on the white flag that would have guaranteed no extra laps.
They had been assured that their surrender would be accepted if they raised a white flag, reported the Independent.
Living with White Flags over the years," he says, "these things in my life would come to me, like Abraham's tent, which for me was a good way to describe a longing that I have about a world I'd like to help create.
Russell's said afterwards that he should have continued, but on later reflection he said: "I hadn't seen a white flag but that's because the white flag wasn't actually raised.
Nevertheless, the Military Advocate General decided to charge the soldier with manslaughter "based on evidence that the soldier, who was serving as a designated marksman, deliberately targeted an individual walking with a group of people waving a white flag without being ordered or authorised to do so".
The Israelis, instead of dealing with the facts of HRW, are spreading disinformation such as this: A Human Rights Watch report, which alleged that Israeli soldiers killed 11 Palestinian civilians who were raising the white flag , is a report based on the testimony of unreliable witnesses.
But they stand out because, in each case, the victims were standing, walking or in slowly moving vehicles with other unarmed civilians, and were trying to convey their non-combatant status by waving a white flag.
Merely displaying a white flag does not automatically grant immunity," the military said adding that soldiers are authorized to "neutralize the threat" if a person holding a white flag was endangering them.
Which sounds about as close to raising a white flag without actually raising a white flag.
It's going to be very difficult but I'm not here towave the white flag.
It's going to be very difficult, but I'm not here to wave the white flag.
White hair is no reason to raise the white flag on future goals.