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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

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

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

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.

house flag British & World English

A flag indicating the company that a ship belongs to

yellow flag British & World English

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

white flag British & World English

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

flag captain British & World English

The captain of a flagship

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 in flag1 British & World English

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

show in flag1 British & World English

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

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

wave the flag in flag1 British & World English

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

show the flag in flag1 British & World English

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

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 one's flag in hoist British & World English

(Of an admiral) take up command

hoist the flag in hoist British & World English

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

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

wrap oneself in the flag in flag1 British & World English

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

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

reflag British & World English

Change the national registration of (a ship)

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

flag stop in flag station British & World English

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


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