flag of truce


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flag of truce

n. pl. flags of truce
A white flag brought or displayed to an enemy as a request for a conference or as a signal of surrender.

flag of truce

n
(Military) a white flag indicating the peaceful intent of its bearer or an invitation to an enemy to negotiate

flag′ of truce′


n.
a white flag displayed to the enemy as an invitation to suspend military hostilities temporarily and confer.
[1620–30]
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Noun1.flag of truce - flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a truceflag of truce - 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
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Go you with a flag of truce to Glinda and ask her why she has dared to invade my dominions, and what are her demands."
"Flag of truce!" I heard someone say; and then, immediately after, with a cry of surprise, "Silver himself!"
I read it to Clarence, and said I proposed to send it by a flag of truce. He laughed the sarcastic laugh he was born with, and said:
Now, then, you are the flag of truce; approach and deliver me your message, and I will give you your answer."
The great red giant soon returned to say that it was Henry de Montfort, oldest son of the Earl of Leicester, who had come under a flag of truce and would have speech with the master of Torn.
Shandy rode ahead with a flag of truce, and when he was beneath the castle walls Simon de Montfort called forth:
He proposed the matter to some of the leaders, and urged that they should meet the Blackfeet chiefs in a grand pacific conference, offering to send two of his men to the enemy's camp with pipe, tobacco and flag of truce, to negotiate the proposed meeting.
It is enough that my cherished dreams of Venice have been blighted forever as to the romantic gondola and the gorgeous gondolier; this system of destruction shall go no farther; I will accept the hearse, under protest, and you may fly your flag of truce in peace, but here I register a dark and bloody oath that you shan't sing.
There--if that speech moves you any, let's fly the flag of truce, with the understanding that I am conquered and confess it."
Whether or no the sharp vigour of this sally on a weak point of Mrs Wilfer's entrenchments might have routed that heroine for the time, is rendered uncertain by the arrival of a flag of truce in the person of Mr George Sampson: bidden to the feast as a friend of the family, whose affections were now understood to be in course of transference from Bella to Lavinia, and whom Lavinia kept-- possibly in remembrance of his bad taste in having overlooked her in the first instance--under a course of stinging discipline.
He came towards the boat, attended by one more, carrying a flag of truce also; and he not only did not know me at first, but he had no thoughts, no notion of its being me that was come, till I spoke to him.
All the key players from Stirling's past are there: Robert Spittal, John Cowane, Wallace and Bruce (in fact there are over a dozen Wallaces and Bruces!), the first ever statue of Mary Queen of Scots is there and there are also two clergymen.The prominent one is likely to be Robert Wishart, Bishop of Glasgow who crowned Bruce and helped him resolve his excommunication for the ruthless killing of the Red Comyn, on holy ground, under a flag of truce. Bruce was not necessarily someone you would invite to a barbecue though unquestionably our greatest ever king.

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