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green flag

(in automobile racing) a green-colored flag that is used to signal the start of a race. Unabridged
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  • The guard was just waving his green flag as the Watsons and Pamela, scarlet with their exertions, popped into the last carriage.

    For the School Colours Angela Brazil
  • We had a green flag with a rising sun on it, along with the harp of Erin.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Had you had them, you would have guarded a green flag in Dublin Castle a week after you beat Walpole.

  • Yes, I have tied a green flag on the rear grabiron for a marker.

  • If you lose the green flag, you lose the last relic of Mary—and more than that, if my belief is right.

    The Two Destinies Wilkie Collins
  • I promised Miss Dunross to take the green flag with me, wherever I might go.

    The Two Destinies Wilkie Collins
  • I confess she had made me ashamed, if she had done nothing more, of my neglect of the green flag.

    The Two Destinies Wilkie Collins
  • Elfie was playing with the green flag, and Mary was sitting by me with my hand in hers.

    The Two Destinies Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for green flag

Green Flag

an award given to a bathing beach that meets EU standards of cleanliness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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