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flag1 British & World 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 British & World English

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

flag3 British & World English

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

flag4 British & World English

Become tired or less enthusiastic or dynamic

flag1 English Thesaurus

the Irish flag

flag2 English Thesaurus

the stone flags beneath his feet

flag3 English Thesaurus

they were flagging as the finish came into sight

blue flag British & World English

A European award for beaches, based on cleanliness and safety

flag boat British & World English

A boat serving as a mark in sailing matches

flag day British & World English

A day on which money is collected for a charity in the street and donors are given small paper badges to show they have contributed

flag rank British & World English

The rank attained by flag officers

red flag British & World English

A red flag as the symbol of socialist revolution or a warning of danger

red flag New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

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

black flag British & World English

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

flag-flying British & World English

The vigorous demonstration of support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

flag-waving British & World English

The expression of patriotism in a populist and emotional way

house flag British & World English

A flag indicating the company that a ship belongs to

prayer flag British & World English

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

sweet flag British & World 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 flavouring

Union flag British & World English

Another term for Union Jack111.

white flag British & World English

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

yellow flag British & World English

A yellow flag flown by a ship to indicate the presence on board of disease

flag captain British & World English

The captain of a flagship

flag carrier British & World English

An airline owned or formerly owned by a specified state

flag football British & World 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 British & World English

An admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral, or the commodore of a yacht club

flag station British & World English

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

chequered flag British & World English

A flag with a black-and-white chequered pattern, displayed to drivers at the end of a race

fly the flag British & World English

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

flag lieutenant British & World English

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

show the flag British & World English

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

flag of truce British & World English

A white flag indicating a desire for a truce

hoist the flag British & World English

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

capture-the-flag British & World 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 British & World English

(Of an admiral) take up command

flag of convenience British & World 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

flag someone/thing off in flag1 British & World English

Wave a flag at someone or something as a starting signal

flag someone/thing down in flag1 British & World English

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

show in fly the flag British & World 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 British & World English

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

wrap oneself in the flag British & World English

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

Flag Day in flag day British & World English

(In the US) 14 June, the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in 1777

the Red Flag in red flag British & World English

The anthem of Britain’s Labour Party, a socialist song with words written in 1889 by James Connell (1852–1929) and sung to the tune of the German song ‘O Tannenbaum’

reflag British & World English

Change the national registration of (a ship)

flag stop in flag station British & World English

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

fly the flag in flag1 British & World English

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


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