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ensign staff

a staff at the stern of a vessel at which the ensign is flown.
Also called poop staff.
Origin of ensign staff
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On either side and slightly in advance of the ensign staff, M.-L.

  • It will be noted that the colours were hauled down and the white flag then hoisted on the ensign staff.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • Morris had been ordered to set the American flag, and it was now floating in the light breeze at the ensign staff.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • From the ensign staff the black cross of infamy was contemptuously hauled down by one of the Bolero's men.

  • She flew no flag at her masthead, it is true; but Mildmay could now see that she had hoisted a blue ensign on her ensign staff.

    With Airship and Submarine Harry Collingwood
  • "Blue Peter" was hoisted at the fore, while the Dutch national ensign floated from her ensign staff.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • Her stern was high out of water, the red ensign of England flapping impotently on the ensign staff.

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