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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In years past, that kind of move would have signaled the Giants raising a white flag on their playoff pursuit. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants promote top infield prospect Mauricio Dubon, cut Scooter Gennett," 27 Aug. 2019 After the services, worshipers hold impromptu protests at the church entrance, waving the country’s blue-and-white flag — a symbol of the rebellion. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, "Spies, harassment, death threats: The Catholic Church in Nicaragua says it’s being targeted by the government," 23 July 2019 Mets pitcher Jason Vargas and third baseman Todd Frazier are also on the block as the Mets, who are 13.5 games back in the NL East and appeared to have waived the white flag on the season. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Report: Yankees, Red Sox Interested In Mets Pitcher Zack Wheeler," 9 July 2019 Power barrage Those potent-doink A’s are a rare sight, but against the Astros’ bullpen the power-stroke squad returned, and there was no let up — no white flag lineup alterations on either side. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics set records in rout of Houston Astros," 10 Sep. 2019 By The Associated Press French and American troops today crashed through to the heart of Paris and the Free French radio reported that the German commander of the capital ordered his forces to cease firing and hoist the white flag. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paris was liberated 75 years ago," 25 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, in a suburb of Anchorage, Micah Hahn and her team are looking for change by dragging tattered white flags through the weeds. Bill Weir, CNN, "Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That's a red flag for the planet.," 9 Sep. 2019 Williams got under Pitkat, and the pair came to the white flag side-by-side. Shawn Courchesne, courant.com, "Rage fuels Pitkat to dual wins at Thompson Speedway," 1 Sep. 2019 Your body is essentially waving a white flag of surrender. Madeleine Burry, Good Housekeeping, "7 Self-Help Strategies For When You're Overwhelmed, According to Psychologists," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of white flag

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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