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flag Idioms & Phrases


american flag

  • noun the national flag of the United States of America
    Old Glory; Star-Spangled Banner; Stars and Stripes.
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battle flag

  • noun a flag that leads troops into battle
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Black flag

  • noun a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
    black flag; Jolly Roger; blackjack.
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  • the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.
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blue flag

  • noun a common iris of the eastern United States having blue or blue-violet flowers; root formerly used medicinally
    Iris versicolor.
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code flag

  • noun one of an international code of flag signals used between ships
    code flag.
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confederate flag

  • noun the first flag of the Confederate States of America
    Stars and Bars.
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Cooper's flag

  • the cat-tail (Typha latifolia), the long leaves of which are placed between the staves of barrels to make the latter water-tight.
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Corn flag

  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gladiolus; called also sword lily.
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Flag broom

  • a coarse of broom, originally made of flags or rushes.
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flag captain

  • noun the captain of a flagship
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Flag captain, Flag leutenant

  • etc., special officers attached to the flagship, as aids to the flag officer.
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flag day

  • noun commemorating the adoption of the United States flag in 1777
    June 14.
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flag down

  • verb signal to stop
    • Let's flag down a cab--it's starting to rain
    • The policeman flagged down our car
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flag of truce

  • noun flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a truce
    flag of truce.
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Flag of truse

  • a white flag carried or displayed to an enemy, as an invitation to conference, or for the purpose of making some communication not hostile.
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Flag officer

  • noun a senior naval officer above the rank of captain
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  • the commander of a fleet or squadron; an admiral, or commodore.
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flag rank

  • noun the rank of a flag officer
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Flag root

  • the root of the sweet flag.
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Flag share

  • the flag officer's share of prize money.
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flag smut

  • noun smut affecting leaves and stems of cereals and other grasses
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flag smut fungus

  • noun a smut fungus causing a smut in cereals and other grasses that chiefly affects leaves and stems and is characterized chains of sori within the plant tissue that later rupture releasing black masses of spores
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Flag station

  • (Railroad), a station at which trains do not stop unless signaled to do so, by a flag hung out or waved.
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flag stop

  • noun a small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal
    whistle stop; way station.
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flag waving

  • noun an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions
    jingoism.
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flag-waver

  • noun an extreme bellicose nationalist
    jingoist; patrioteer; hundred-percenter; jingo; chauvinist.
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flag-waving

  • adjective satellite fanatically patriotic
    jingoistic; chauvinistic; nationalistic; superpatriotic; ultranationalistic.
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House flag

  • a flag denoting the commercial house to which a merchant vessel belongs.
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knight of the square flag

  • noun a knight honored for valor; entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command
    knight banneret; banneret.
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Lingula flags

  • (Geol.), a group of strata in the lower Silurian or Cambrian system of Wales, in which some of the layers contain vast numbers of a species of Lingula.
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myrtle flag

  • noun perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
    calamus; sweet calamus; Acorus calamus; flagroot; myrtle flag.
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National flag

  • noun an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
    ensign.
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  • a flag of a particular country, on which some national emblem or device, is emblazoned.
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nautical signal flag

  • noun one of an international code of flag signals used between ships
    code flag.
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pirate flag

  • noun a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
    black flag; Jolly Roger; blackjack.
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Quarantine flag

  • a yellow flag hoisted at the fore of a vessel or hung from a building, to give warning of an infectious disease; called also the yellow jack, and yellow flag.
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Red flag

  • noun a flag that serves as a warning signal
    • we didn't swim at the beach because the red flag was up
  • noun the emblem of socialist revolution
  • noun something that irritates or demands immediate action
    • doing that is like waving a red flag in front of a bull
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  • a flag of a red color, displayed as a signal of danger or token of defiance; the emblem of anarchists.
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Saint George's flag

  • a smaller flag resembling the ensign, but without the union jack; used as the sign of the presence and command of an admiral. Eng. Brande & C.
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Sand flag

  • sandstone which splits up into flagstones.
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signal flag

  • noun a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
    flag.
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soft flag

  • noun reed maces of America, Europe, North Africa, Asia
    narrow-leaved reedmace; Typha angustifolia; narrow-leaf cattail; lesser bullrush.
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southern blue flag

  • noun similar to blue flag; the eastern United States
    Iris virginica.
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Spanish flag

  • (Zoöl.), the California rockfish (Sebastichthys rubrivinctus). It is conspicuously colored with bands of red and white.
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Sweet flag

  • noun perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
    calamus; sweet calamus; Acorus calamus; flagroot; myrtle flag.
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  • (Bot.), an endogenous plant (Acorus Calamus) having long flaglike leaves and a rootstock of a pungent aromatic taste. It is found in wet places in Europe and America. See Calamus, 2.
  • . See Calamus, n., 2.
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Tack of a flag

  • (Naut.), a line spliced into the eye at the foot of the hoist for securing the flag to the halyards.
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To strike, ∨ lower, the flag

  • to haul it down, in token of respect, submission, or, in an engagement, of surrender.
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To dip, the flag

  • to mlower it and quickly restore it to its place; done as a mark of respect.
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To hang out the white flag

  • to ask truce or quarter, or, in some cases, to manifest a friendly design by exhibiting a white flag.
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To hang the flag half-mast high ∨ half-staff

  • to raise it only half way to the mast or staff, as a token or sign of mourning.
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union flag

  • noun national flag of the United Kingdom
    Union Jack.
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water flag

Wa"ter flag`
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  1. (Bot.) A European species of Iris (Iris Pseudacorus) having bright yellow flowers.
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wheat flag smut

  • noun fungus affecting leaves and stems of wheat
    Urocystis tritici.
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white flag

  • noun flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a truce
    flag of truce.
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Yellow flag

  • noun common yellow-flowered iris of Europe and North Africa, naturalized in United States and often cultivated
    Iris pseudacorus; yellow iris; yellow flag.
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  • the quarantine flag of all nations; also carried at a vessel's fore, to denote that an infectious disease is on board.
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yellow water flag

  • noun common yellow-flowered iris of Europe and North Africa, naturalized in United States and often cultivated
    Iris pseudacorus; yellow iris; yellow flag.
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