raise the white flag

Definition of raise the white flag

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  awaken, arouse

    :  to stir up :  incite

  1. :  an act of raising or lifting

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

    :  an increase in amount: such as

  1. :  free from color

    :  of the color of new snow or milk

    :  of the color white

  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

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

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

  1. :  whiten

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

    :  iris

    :  a wild iris

  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

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

    :  the long hair fringing a dog's tail

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

    :  to signal to stop

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

  1. :  to hang loose without stiffness

    :  to become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless

    :  to decline in interest, attraction, or value

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

    :  a piece of such stone

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

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