raise the white flag


: to admit defeat
They raised the white flag soon after the election results came in.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And while their playoff chances remain slim, Doug Wilson was careful not to raise the white flag and send the message a general manager never wants with 15 games remaining. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2021

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“Raise the white flag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise%20the%20white%20flag. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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