Значение идиомы haul down one’s colors

[haul down one’s colors] or [strike one’s colors] {v. phr.} 1. Topull down a flag, showing you are beaten and want to stop fighting.

After a long battle, the pirate captain hauled down his colors.

2.To admit you are beaten; say you want to quit.

After losing twosets of tennis, Tom hauled down his color.