admit defeat


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Summerlee was still so weak that it was an effort for him to stand; but the old man was full of a sort of surly courage which would never admit defeat.
There are times when you just have to admit defeat, and as humbling as it may be at least it was still an honorable way to go down.
The Americans and Zionists are seeking to create rift and defeat resistance front and they are currently mounting huge pressure on Syria to make it admit defeat," Velayati was quoted by IRNA news agency as saying.
CAMPAIGNERS battling to stop the council house selloff by David Cameron have had to admit defeat.
If Liverpool can't swiftly reach an agreement with Sevilla then they will reluctantly admit defeat and turn their attention elsewhere.
Spanish striker Aspas is surplus to requirements at Anfield and the Reds are ready to offer him as a makeweight in the deal for Moreno (right) If Liverpool can't swiftly reach an agreement with Sevilla for Moreno then they will reluctantly admit defeat and turn their attention elsewhere.
MORE PAIN J Radcliffe has had to admit defeat in her latest Olympic bid
BRIAN CLEMENSON had to admit defeat in his bid to get Pams Tomjo to the williamhill.
Sometimes you have to admit defeat and we were defeated after the first 12 minutes.
The Russians left and had the courage to admit defeat.
HULL boss Phil Brown is refusing to admit defeat in his attempts to sign Real Madrid striker ALVARO NEGREDO.
Boss Neil Warnock was desperate to keep the Scotland cap at Palace but has been forced to admit defeat due to a lack of funds.