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yellow flag

Nautical. quarantine flag.
Origin of yellow flag
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All these are decorated with the yellow flag of Spain,—the banner of gold and blood.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • The “yellow flag” is the ensign of the quarantine establishment.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • We were flying the yellow flag, but a launch came and circled swiftly about us.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • I see the yellow flag flying from at least a dozen foremasts.

    A Desperate Voyage Edward Frederick Knight
  • They have run up the yellow flag wherever it is to be found.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
  • How they must hate the white uniform and the black and yellow flag.

    Italian Letters of a Diplomat's Life

    Mary Alsop King Waddington
  • It is as if the palace were in quarantine, with the yellow flag floating.

    Napoleon's Letters to Josephine Henry Foljambe Hall
  • The yellow flag was drooping over the roadway in the hot sun.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • A yellow flag ran up to the masthead, the throb of engines slowed, and a noisy launch steamed out from behind the mole.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for yellow flag

yellow flag

another name for quarantine flag
See flag3 (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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