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to strike one's colors or flags


to strike one's colors or flags rate
(Expression) To surrender; to no longer to support or defend a course of action.
Usage: Anastasie was aware of defeat; she struck her colors instantly. (R. L. STEVENSON.)
The flush of victory, the intoxication of success, had passed over to another: and it was he who had to strike his flag and own himself defeated. (MRS. E. LYNN LINTON.)
She was forced to strike her colors after I had defeated her in a friendly argument.

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