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truce

an agreement to stop fighting, esp temporarily
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We could see the man who carried the flag of truce attempting to hold Silver back.
And with a dreadful oath he stumbled off, ploughed down the sand, was helped across the stockade, after four or five failures, by the man with the flag of truce, and disappeared in an instant afterwards among the trees.
And the heat went on and on, and sucked up all the moisture, till at last the main channel of the Waingunga was the only stream that carried a trickle of water between its dead banks; and when Hathi, the wild elephant, who lives for a hundred years and more, saw a long, lean blue ridge of rock show dry in the very centre of the stream, he knew that he was looking at the Peace Rock, and then and there he lifted up his trunk and proclaimed the Water Truce, as his father before him had proclaimed it fifty years ago.
By the Law of the Jungle it is death to kill at the drinking-places when once the Water Truce has been declared.
Up-stream, at the bend of the sluggish pool round the Peace Rock, and Warden of the Water Truce, stood Hathi, the wild elephant, with his sons, gaunt and gray in the moonlight, rocking to and fro--always rocking.
"When the Truce ends that shall be remembered in thy favour," and he looked keenly through the darkness to make sure of recognising the fawn again.
When we were got on board and out of danger, we had time to examine into the occasion of this fray; and indeed our supercargo, who had been often in those parts, put me upon it; for he said he was sure the inhabitants would not have touched us after we had made a truce, if we had not done something to provoke them to it.
``These truces with the infidels,'' he exclaimed, without caring how suddenly he interrupted the stately Templar, ``make an old man of me!''
"A truce to set phrases, monsieur; you have another thought besides that?"
"And if there is a truce the English army has broken it by quitting the town, contrary to the agreement which kept it there.
This came after the United Nations (UN) had asked the Government of the National Accord (GNA), which it backs, and the rival forces from eastern Libya to engage in the truce.
As a result of this, the Syrian military command announced that they will be cancelling the truce and resuming their operations against the militant forces in northwestern Syria.