- 1A piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities: the American flagMore example sentences
- Following a death, white banners, flags, and other decorations are put up according to the status of the deceased.
- Scotland's parliament may be a year behind schedule and massively overspent, but that will not get in the way of creating a new flag for the troubled institution.
- The flag flew from every public building, from every municipal flagpole, and from every structure of consequence in the land.
- 1.1Used in reference to the country to which a person has allegiance: the private’s heroism served as an example for every soldier under the flagMore example sentences
- One reason why oaths are more common in America may be that American children are brought up to swear their allegiance to the flag, so the concept of affirming their beliefs is less alien than to British students.
- They think it's inappropriate to mix government and God in the way it now exists in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
- This small shareholder asked if he and the board members would be willing to rise and pledge allegiance to the flag?
- 1.2A ship’s country of registry.More example sentences
- The flag of the ship will provide the labor law.
- Cruise companies register their ships under foreign flags, avoid these expenses, and suffer no consequences.
- No transference of German ships to any neutral flag is to take place during Armistice.
- 1.3A small piece of cloth, typically attached at one edge to a pole, used as a marker or signal in various sports: jumped the starter’s flag, did he?More example sentences
- When the home keeper gathered the ball on the edge of his area the assistant referee vigorously waved his flag, signalling that his hands were outside.
- He is released on the right and Saudi fans start to get excited but the linesman quickly raises his flag to signal off-side.
- In the ensuing confusion, he managed to win the race following a wrong flag signal by a panicked marshal.
- 1.4The ensign carried by a flagship as an emblem of an admiral’s rank.More example sentences
- Admiral Jellicoe flew his flag in the battleship HMS Iron Duke at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
- With Admiral Togo flying his flag in the British-built battleship Mikasa, a strong naval force moved into position.
- The early ensigns were striped flags, some in the green and white of the Tudor Royal Livery colours, some red and white, some in other livery colours.
- 2A device, symbol, or drawing typically resembling a flag, used as a marker: golf courses are indicated by a numbered flag on the mapMore example sentences
- She had taken a world map, stuck in flags where she had already been, and pinned in all the places she wanted to go.
- My stats package thoughtfully puts a national flag next to each country domain as it pops up on the server so it was easy to spot one I did not recognize.
- 2.1 Computing A variable used to indicate a particular property of the data in a record.More example sentences
- Thereby, the flag is recorded on the effective data area.
- During event registration, specific flags indicate whether a handler is to be executed inside a process.
- Don't ever delete a record - mark them for deletion with a flag, and then archive them periodically.
verb (flags, flagging, flagged)[with object] Back to top
- 1Mark (an item) for attention or treatment in a specified way: “greatfully” would be flagged as a misspelling of “gratefully.”More example sentences
- The only thing it lets me do with a button is spell check, and the only word it's ever flagged for me as misspelled was not misspelled.
- The program flags possible tax deductions and includes a flexible spending calculator.
- A match was found and the program flagged the info and forwarded it to the Early Warning sub-system.
- 1.1Draw attention to: problems often flag the need for organizational changeMore example sentences
- Three players were flagged as being offside before the referee's assistant changed his mind.
- He has been flagged for three holding penalties this year.
- They were flagged just four times - not once in the first half.
- 1.2 Football Charge (a player) with a penalty by dropping a penalty flag: a play in which he was flagged for being offsideMore example sentences
- The problems of this sector have been flagged up for some time.
- That ‘something’ may have been flagged up by the controversy and, no matter who was in the wrong there, I think it pointed ominously to a new battleground behind the scenes.
- The Central Bank of Russia auditors, reviewing the deals, believed they were highly suspicious and should have been flagged up to authorities.
- 2 [with object] Direct (someone) to go in the specified direction by waving a flag or using hand signals: have him flagged off the courseMore example sentences
- Jonas waved his hand, flagging me to his spot in the wooden bleachers.
- They're trying to flag me in, and, of course, I'm not watching.
- Ford leaned back in his seat and looked around the diner for the waitress, hoping to flag her over for a refill of coffee.
- 2.1 (flag someone/something down) Signal to a vehicle or driver to stop, especially by waving one’s arm: she flagged down a patrol carMore example sentences
- A man was arrested after a bus driver was flagged down at a bus stop on a York estate and threatened with a knife.
- Why would any rational cement mixer driver stop for someone flagging them down?
- It stops when you flag it down, but the driver demurs with the same explanation, and kindly informs you that a bus back to town will be along in an hour.
- 2.2 [no object] (Of an official in football, soccer, and other sports) raise or throw a flag to indicate a breach of the rules: the rookie cornerback managed to get flagged for three penalties in one gameMore example sentences
- The referee's assistant flagged for handball outside the area and had the result been in doubt the keeper might have been sent off.
- When the ball did eventually make it into the Aberdeen goal, the assistant referee had flagged for offside.
- They held firm until an assistant referee flagged for a penalty that defied belief.
- 3Provide or decorate with a flag or flags.More example sentences
- The day started off with the field committee flagging out the field and preparing dressing rooms and signage.
- 3.1Register (a vessel) in a specific country, under whose flag it then sails: the flagging out of much of the fleet to flags of convenienceMore example sentences
- Only one U.S. flagged vessel will be changing their cruising plans.
- But, your Honour, what we submit in relation to the conventions is that here you have a vessel which is flagged, crewed and owned by foreign people and foreign companies.
- That is why vessels are required under international law to have flags, and a State by flagging a vessel assumes responsibility with things which occur on that vessel, even when it is in the territorial waters of another State.
fly the flag
- (Of a ship) be registered in a particular country and sail under its flag.More example sentences
- At the time, all the major cruise lines were incorporated abroad, and every major ship they sailed flew the flag of a country other than the United States.
- On 12 January 2003, the MV Dorine, a Polish bulk carrier flying the flag of Cyprus, berthed in Bell Bay, Launceston.
- Two ships appeared on the horizon flying the flag that I was taught to be of Spain.
- (also show or carry or wave the flag) Represent or demonstrate support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad: he will never consider buying an import, because he likes to fly the flagMore example sentences
- He is waving the flag to show his support for better relations between Canada and the United States.
- By the same token, the Democratic Party will carry the flag of anti-clericism.
- He missed the chance to wave the flag for all who do not identify with any party and are simply proud to be Irish.
show the flag
- (Of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength.More example sentences
- In those years, ships of all navies happily visited Indian ports, and Indian ships showed the flag in other ports of the world.
- This would hamper diplomatic efforts, reduce the U.S. Navy's ability to show the flag, and complicate logistics and supply for forward-deployed forces.
- Following a season in Europe, she crossed the Atlantic to New York and other East Coast ports to show the flag.
wrap oneself in the flag
- chiefly North American Make an excessive show of one’s patriotism, especially for political ends.More example sentences
- This suited a number of interests, including a wildly unpopular Russian political class that quickly wrapped themselves in the flag.
- It's like a crooked politician wrapping himself in the flag.
- ‘It would be counterproductive because it would trigger a xenophobic response and allow the violators to wrap themselves in the flag in an excessive spirit of nationalism,’ he said in a speech at John Hopkins University.
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- And to all of those elected officials that have worked to deny the people of Georgia a fair vote on the 1956 memorial flag, we the flaggers are coming for you.
- Not content with just one target, these flaggers soon dogged the steps of campaigning state legislators who had backed the new banner.
- At the end of the day, I could walk away and know the traffic was controlled without worrying about where we were getting power or the expense of running two shifts of flaggers.
mid 16th century: perhaps from obsolete flag 'drooping', of unknown ultimate origin.
- A flat stone slab, typically rectangular or square, used for paving.More example sentences
- Stone flags are £32 per square yard and slates go for £2 each.
- There were stone flags, bare boards and no central heating.
- York stone flags, laid in random sizes, were chosen for the paving to give a sense of quality and scale.
- [often in combination]: stone-flagged stepsMore example sentences
- There is decking beside the house and a flagged stone patio area.
- The rear garden is landscaped and has a stone flagged patio as well as numerous raised flowerbeds.
- A flagged pavement area has been created alongside the river, which itself will enjoy environmental improvements, say the developers.
late Middle English (also in the sense 'turf, sod'): probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic flag 'spot from which a sod has been cut' and Old Norse flaga 'slab of stone'.
- 1A plant with sword-shaped leaves that grow from a rhizome.
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- ● a plant of the iris family (genus Iris, family Iridaceae). See blue flag ( sense 1); yellow flag ( sense 2) ● see sweet flag
- This area of yellowed chlorotic tissue marks the juncture of the stems and the flag leaves at the time of the freeze.
- Water vapour and carbon dioxide exchange were measured weekly on attached flag leaves from flowering until full senescence, from eight different plants of each line.
late Middle English: related to Middle Dutch flag and Danish flæg; of unknown ultimate origin.
verb (flags, flagging, flagged)[no object]
- 1(Of a person) become tired, weaker, or less enthusiastic: if you begin to flag, there is an excellent café to revive youMore example sentences
- After her singing career flagged during the 1990s she reinvented herself as a pop diva, scoring 37 hit singles in the UK.
- The party, so recently flagging, was beginning to take flight now.
- Although my head was definitely up for some serious retail therapy, my heart was elsewhere and I found my enthusiasm flagging after two or three shops.
- 1.1 (often as adjective flagging) (Especially of an activity or quality) become weaker or less dynamic: she should make another similar film to revive her flagging careerMore example sentences
- The 29er gives the flagging sport of sailing a facewash
- And they actually kind of refuted the suggestion that perhaps there was flagging public support.
- Off screen, living-history museums across the country are contending with sagging crowds, flagging government support, and lagging visitor attention spans.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'flap about loosely, hang down'): related to obsolete flag 'hanging down'.