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storm signal

a visual signal, as a flag, giving advance notice of a heavy storm, used especially along coastal areas.
storm warning (def 2).
Origin of storm signal
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The very care with which it divided the issue of nationality from the issue of slavery was a storm signal.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • At first we used to smile at the storm signal displayed at Iloilo.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • This fact is a storm signal whose significance we should sacredly heed.

  • Snow was now beginning to fall in large flakes; a storm signal, and one they liked little.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • When you start anything with me in short-hand it's bound to turn out a storm signal.'

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • One man has a rheumatic joint which, when the wind is northeast, lifts the storm signal.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
  • Several men were seated not far off, but neither of us hung out a storm signal.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • The small ragged vein on Anthony's forehead was the storm signal for the family.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart

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