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 Davis linked the video to an Instagram post that noted the difference in quality and included a white flag of surrender. oregonlive, "Students at Ridgeview High School in Redmond bring their teachers to tears with heartfelt video," 21 Apr. 2020 Newman, who held the lead as the field took the white flag, got turned while racing for the win, and his No. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "In photo finish, Denny Hamlin wins second straight Daytona 500 as Ryan Newman injured in scary crash," 18 Feb. 2020 But if the losses mount, Kerr will eventually have to decide whether to wave the proverbial white flag, start resting Green and turn the team’s focus toward 2020-21. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Curry breaks hand as Warriors fall to Suns," 31 Oct. 2019 Security analysts say that in some cases insurgents have occupied parts of towns, villages or government buildings and hoisted a black-and-white flag. New York Times, "Scores of Young Men in Mozambique Said to Be Killed by Islamist Insurgents," 21 Apr. 2020 Packers 35, Chiefs 27 Lock of the week Seattle at Atlanta Trading receiver Mohamed Sanu to New England for a second-round pick wasn’t a white flag on the season. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "NFL Week 8 Picks: Packers hit road to face Kansas City," 26 Oct. 2019 And then the buck bounded away, the white flag of its tail receding through the brush. New York Times, "‘August,’ by Callan Wink: An Excerpt," 31 Mar. 2020 And then the Andre Drummond trade was the unofficial white flag on 2019-20 for the Pistons. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Pistons fared in 50 simulations of 2020 NBA draft lottery," 20 Mar. 2020 Logano had taken the white flag when a crash occurred deep in traffic to bring out the caution, freeze the field and secure the victory for the No. Jenna Fryer, BostonGlobe.com, "Joey Logano takes Las Vegas for second straight season," 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of white flag

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 May 2020

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“White flag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20flag. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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