white flag


Definition of white flag

1 : a flag of plain white used as a flag of truce or as a token of surrender
2 : a token of weakness or yielding

Examples of white flag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Atlas is, along with the whole Great Barrington group, holding up the white flag. Steven Levy, Wired, "Larry Brilliant Says We’ll Beat Covid—After We Go Through Hell," 18 Nov. 2020 People waved the nation's red-and-white flag and blared horns outside the gates of Congress as Francisco Sagasti of the centrist Purple Party was selected the legislature's new president. Franklin BriceÑo And Christine Armario, Star Tribune, "Peru's Congress selects centrist lawmaker to be new leader," 16 Nov. 2020 But Tennessee was unable to generate any sustained offense and raised the white flag early in the fourth quarter by putting in true freshman Harrison Bailey to replace Guarantano. Jon Hale, USA TODAY, "Kentucky dominates No. 17 Tennessee for first victory in Knoxville since 1984," 17 Oct. 2020 Old-school Oscar voters who have tried to mount a bulwark against the incursion may finally have to wave the white flag. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, "Yes, There Will Be an Oscar Season. But What Will It Look Like?," 14 Oct. 2020 Still, Levinson isn’t ready to wave the white flag just yet. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football fan has been to every home game since 1964. The streak ends Saturday.," 30 Oct. 2020 Such calls amount to a white flag of surrender from the central bank. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "Fiscal Stimulus Is Ineffective. The Fed Requesting It Is Even Worse.," 12 Oct. 2020 From 1920 until 1938, the N.A.A.C.P. would mark lynchings by flying a stark black-and-white flag from its New York headquarters on Fifth Avenue. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 With a push from Sam Hornish Jr., Stewart used the outside lane to take the lead at the white flag, then worked hard to hold it. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Watch: Wild and memorable NASCAR crashes at Talladega Superspeedway," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of white flag

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of white flag was in 1578

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25 Nov 2020

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“White flag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20flag. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of white flag

: a flag used to show that you want to stop fighting or to indicate defeat

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Kids Definition of white flag

: a flag of plain white raised in asking for a truce or as a sign of surrender

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