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 With two laps to go entering Turn 1, Castroneves, driving for Meyer Shank Racing driver and running his first race of the year took the white flag. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2021 Given that China accounted for a high percentage of Aussie exports, people wondered if Canberra would run up the white flag. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 Well before the multiple desserts, diners might be seen waving a white flag, er napkin. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Seconds later, the ball was handed to Hassan Haskins, who reached the end zone untouched as the Buckeyes waved the metaphorical white flag in a 42-27 upset that rocked the college football universe. Rainer Sabin, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 Osceola’s fame sprang in part from his betrayal and capture by Gen. Thomas Jesup under a white flag of truce during the Second Seminole War and his death soon afterward, all of which fueled a mystique that proved enduring. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Nov. 2021 After trading star pass rusher Von Miller to the Rams, Denver seemed to be raising the white flag. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 9 Nov. 2021 Now LinkedIn is pulling out of the mainland, waiving a white flag that any prospect of connecting social media users on both sides of China's firewall is all but dead. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 Kabul’s streets are again clogged with traffic, as Taliban fighters patrol in pickup trucks and police vehicles — brandishing their automatic weapons and flying the Taliban’s white flag. Kathy Gannon, chicagotribune.com, 5 Sep. 2021

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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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6 Jan 2022

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“White flag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20flag. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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