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blue peter

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noun Nautical.
  1. a blue flag with a white square in the center, designating the letter P in the International Code of Signals, flown by a vessel in port to indicate its imminent departure.

Origin of blue peter

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for blue peter

Historical Examples

  • They observe the “Blue-Peter,” but without knowing aught of its significance.

    The Flag of Distress

    Mayne Reid

  • The blue-peter was flying at the mast-head, and people hurrying away to say 'good-bye' for the last time.

    Tales Of The Trains

    Charles James Lever

  • In some places it is known as a crow duck, but the proper local name here is "blue-peter."


British Dictionary definitions for blue peter

blue peter

noun
  1. a signal flag of blue with a white square at the centre, displayed by a vessel about to leave port

Word Origin

C19: from the name Peter
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