raise the white flag

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of raise the white flag

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

Word by Word Definitions

raise play
  1. : to cause or help to rise to a standing position

  2. : awaken, arouse

  3. : to stir up : incite

  1. : an act of raising or lifting

  2. : a rising stretch of road : an upward grade : rise

  3. : an increase in amount: such as

white play
  1. : free from color

  2. : of the color of new snow or milk

  3. : light or pallid in color

  1. : the achromatic object color of greatest lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that reflect diffusely nearly all incident energy throughout the visible spectrum

  2. : a white or light-colored part of something: such as

  3. : a mass of albuminous material surrounding the yolk of an egg

  1. : whiten

flag play
  1. : any of various monocotyledonous plants with long ensiform leaves: such as

  2. : iris

  3. : sweet flag

  1. : a usually rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive design that is used as a symbol (as of a nation), as a signaling device, or as a decoration

  2. : the tail of some dogs (such as a setter or hound)

  3. : the tail of a deer

  1. : to signal with or as if with a flag

  2. : to mark or identify with or as if with a flag

  3. : to call a penalty on : penalize

  1. : to hang loose without stiffness

  2. : to become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless

  3. : to decline in interest, attraction, or value

  1. : a hard evenly stratified stone that splits into flat pieces suitable for paving

  1. : to lay (something, such as a pavement) with flags (see 5flag)


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