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blue flag

any North American plant of the genus Iris, especially I. versicolor : the state flower of Tennessee.
Origin of blue flag
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A drum was heard; then a blue flag was seen, and sixty men, fully armed, marched in double file to the King's Cabinet.

  • The Counts of Anjou claimed the right to take this blue flag to battle with them.

    The Flags of the World F. Edward Hulme
  • The flag in that engagement was a blue flag with a crescent and the word “Liberty” upon it (see Fig. 12).

  • As they passed one of the cars they both recognized a girl with a blue flag.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • So the big eagle said good-by, but before he left, he pinned a tiny red, white and blue flag on the little Kitten's coat.

    The Jumble Book David Cory
  • It unrolled—a blue flag, bearing the name "Valeria" in white letters.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • The royal standard is a blue flag with a white cross, on the centre of which the royal arms are imposed.

  • She stood in the door with her apron flying out in the wind like a blue flag.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • A special train of eighteen cars came up from New Haven, a blue flag fluttering from every window.

    Ars Recte Vivende George William Curtis
  • He had set up his blue flag in the tap-room, and was teaching every one.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for blue flag

Blue Flag

an award given to a seaside resort that meets EU standards of cleanliness of beaches and purity of water in bathing areas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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