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white flag

n.
A white cloth or flag signaling truce or surrender.

white flag

n
(Military) a white flag or a piece of white cloth hoisted to signify surrender or request a truce

white′ flag′


n.
an all-white banner or piece of cloth used as a symbol of surrender or truce.
Idioms:
hoist, show, or wave the white flag, to give up; yield.
[1590–1600]
white′-flag′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.white flag - flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a trucewhite flag - flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a truce
flag - emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
Translations

white flag

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References in classic literature ?
There, graceful and still, like a bird ready to spread its wings, she waited till, at the opening of the gates, a tug or two would hurry in noisily, hovering round her with an air of fuss and solicitude, and take her out into the river, tending, shepherding her through open bridges, through dam-like gates between the flat pier-heads, with a bit of green lawn surrounded by gravel and a white signal-mast with yard and gaff, flying a couple of dingy blue, red, or white flags.
And then, within thirty yards of the pit, advancing from the direction of Horsell, I noted a little black knot of men, the foremost of whom was waving a white flag.
The wind had torn away the sail and carried it to the top of a tall tree, where the fragments of it fluttered like a white flag.
Every morning the Western Union looked to see the white flag flying over the Bell headquarters.
At length a white flag was descried hoisted as a signal on Cape Disappointment.
So the girl passed through the gates, bearing a white flag to show she was on a mission of peace, and came to Glinda's tent.
There was a corporeal humility in looking up at him; and a white man standing before him seemed a white flag come to beg truce of a fortress.
An instant afterward, the white flag was floating over the heads of the four friends.
The Indian, paddling his birch canoe on Lake Champlain, looked up at the high ramparts of Ticonderoga, stone piled on stone, bristling with cannon, and the white flag of France floating above.
On the flagstaff gaff a boy hoisted a white flag over a red, which stood for--"Run to Neal Island for shelter.
In the first place, because there is no white flag with fleurs-de-lis, which the royal lighter always carries.
They hoisted the white flag of surrender, but it was ignored.