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checkered flag Syllabification: check·ered flag

Definition of checkered flag in English:


Auto Racing A flag with a black-and-white checkered pattern, displayed to drivers as they finish a race.
Example sentences
  • Even though our drivers did not score any points in the race, we decided to pass the chequered flag out of respect for the spirit of the new rules.
  • He won pole position with a blistering qualifying time and controlled the race leading from the green light to the chequered flag, registering the race's fastest lap in the process.
  • The eventful race which followed concluded with the team crossing the line 4th in class at the chequered flag and thus securing valuable points in the championship.


take the checkered flag

Finish first in a race: Unser took the checkered flag four times this spring
More example sentences
  • I'm upset that I wasn't able to finish the race and take the chequered flag today.
  • He started on pole in both the races and took the chequered flag with comfort.
  • He took the checkered flag at this race one year ago.

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