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flag of convenience

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noun
  1. the foreign flag under which merchant ships register in order to save on taxes or wages, or to avoid government regulations.
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Origin of flag of convenience

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for flag of convenience

flag of convenience

noun
  1. a national flag flown by a ship registered in that country to gain financial or legal advantage
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