Definition of black flag in English:

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black flag

noun

1 historical A pirate’s ensign, typically thought to feature a white skull and crossbones on a black background; Jolly Roger.
Example sentences
  • She is known throughout the Royal Navy as the ‘Black Duke’ and she flies a black flag from her mainmast at all times.
  • Could she set sail again and raise her black flag, if only in our dreams?
  • The Pacific Northwest is likewise out - too much rain and too many cloudy days make me hoist the black flag and start looking for throats to cut.
2 Motorsports A black flag used to signal a driver to make an immediate pit stop as punishment for violating a rule or driving dangerously, or to force inspection of a hazardous condition such as an oil leak.
Example sentences
  • It was a relief that there were no penalty points for bad driving as I picked up three black flags - meaning a stop and go penalty in the pit lane - in as many laps.
  • Montoya is disqualified from the race after being given a black flag for a technical infringement relating to the incident in the start where he used the spare car.
  • Of course, I didn't want to pass him and get a black flag.

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