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flag1 US English

A 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

flag2 US English

A flat stone slab, typically rectangular or square, used for paving

flag3 US English

A plant with sword-shaped leaves that grow from a rhizome

flag4 US English

(Of a person) become tired, weaker, or less enthusiastic

flag1 US Thesaurus

he raised the flag

flag2 US Thesaurus

they were flagging toward the finish

blue flag US English

A violet-flowered iris that grows in marshy places and wet meadows

flag boat US English

A boat serving as a mark in sailing matches

Flag Day US English

June 14, the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official US flag in 1777

flag rank US English

The rank attained by flag officers

red flag US English

A red flag as a warning of danger or a problem

red flag New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

symbol of socialist revolution or danger; the Red Flag Labour Party anthem

black flag US English

A pirate’s ensign, typically thought to feature a white skull and crossbones on a black background; Jolly Roger

flag-flying US English

The action of making a public display to promote the interests of one’s country, or of another organization or group

flag-waving US English

The expression of patriotism in a populist and emotional way

house flag US English

A flag indicating the company that a ship belongs to

prayer flag US English

(Especially in Tibetan Buddhism) a flag on which prayers are inscribed

sweet flag US English

An Old World waterside plant of the arum family, with leaves that resemble those of the iris. It is used medicinally and as a flavoring

white flag US English

A white flag or cloth used as a symbol of surrender, truce, or a desire to parley

yellow flag US English

A ship’s yellow flag, denoting the letter Q for ‘quarantine.’ When flown with another flag, it indicates disease on board; when flown alone, it indicates the absence of disease and signifies a request for customs clearance

flag captain US English

The captain of a flagship

flag football US English

A modified form of football in which ballcarriers are downed by pulling off a marker, or flag, loosely attached to a belt, rather than by tackling

flag officer US English

An admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral

flag station US English

A station at which trains stop only if signaled to do so

checkered flag US English

A flag with a black-and-white checkered pattern, displayed to drivers as they finish a race

fly the flag US English

(Of a ship) be registered in a particular country and sail under its flag

flag lieutenant US English

A lieutenant acting as an admiral’s aide-de-camp

quarantine flag US English

Another term for yellow flag.

show the flag US English

(Of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength

flag of truce US English

A white flag indicating a desire for a truce

hoist the flag US English

Stake one’s claim to discovered territory by displaying a flag

capture-the-flag US English

A game in which two teams each hide a colored cloth, representing the team’s flag, and then try to find the other team’s flag and return with it to their home base

hoist one's flag US English

(Of an admiral) take up command

flag of convenience US English

A flag of a country under which a ship is registered in order to avoid financial charges or restrictive regulations in the owner’s country

take the checkered flag US English

Finish first in a race

flag someone/something down in flag1 US English

Signal to a vehicle or driver to stop, especially by waving one’s arm

show in fly the flag US English

Represent or demonstrate support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

wave the flag in fly the flag US English

Represent or demonstrate support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

wrap oneself in the flag US English

Make an excessive show of one’s patriotism, especially for political ends

reflag US English

Change the national registry of (a ship)

flag stop in flag station US English

A station at which trains stop only if signaled to do so

fly the flag in flag1 US English

(Of a ship) be registered in a particular country and sail under its flag

show in flag1 US English

Represent or demonstrate support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

wave the flag in flag1 US English

Represent or demonstrate support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

show the flag in flag1 US English

(Of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength

hoist one's flag in hoist US English

(Of an admiral) take up command

hoist the flag in hoist US English

Stake one’s claim to discovered territory by displaying a flag

flagstaff US English

Another term for flagpole.


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