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

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Fans came out in large numbers for the 105th edition of cycling's biggest race, standing along nearly every stretch of the route and waving the red and white flags of the Vendee region. Andrew Dampf, chicagotribune.com, "4-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome flies off the road into a ditch in opening stage," 7 July 2018 And when Denmark ran up the white flag for real, passing between its center backs for a full 30 seconds in the 85th minute, the boos and whistles were louder than the anticipatory cheers for the anthems two hours earlier. Andrew Das, New York Times, "France and Denmark Advance After World Cup’s First 0-0 Draw," 27 June 2018 There is a tiger with its head in the ground; a bear with a log over its head; a coyote looking dazed and confused; a pioneer waving a white flag under a covered wagon. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A school’s Confederate flag gym mural appeared to depict a lynching, until it got painted over," 7 Mar. 2018 Which is why Wujcik is resistant to waving the white flag entirely on the summer season. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: As travel schedules continue to expand, high school baseball teams feeling the summer squeeze," 13 July 2018 McNair also observed that Richardson seemed to lament relying on the advice of his attorneys and insurers to quickly wave a white flag. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Fallout from Latest Allegations Against Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson," 26 Apr. 2018 When the race went to overtime, Stenhouse also was involved in the multi-car crash that occurred on the frontstretch as the field eyed the white flag. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knee deep in the chaos of Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona," 8 July 2018 Fans turned out in large numbers for the 105th edition of cycling’s biggest race, standing along nearly every stretch of the route and waving the red-and-white flags of the Vendée region. New York Times, "Chris Froome Begins Tour de France in a Ditch," 7 July 2018 Like many Canadians, the pre-med student has a deep affinity for the red-and-white flag adorned with the nation’s maple leaf. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "O, Canada, Only You Would Wait 99 Years for a Giant Flag," 9 July 2018

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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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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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