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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. 2017.
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  • A fast-pulling boat with Medical Officers will attend in rear of the line, designated by a yellow flag.

  • All these are decorated with the yellow flag of Spain,—the banner of gold and blood.

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

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • The father smiled, put his arm about the girl and piped: “So the pink rosebud will take us to the yellow flag!”

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • They have run up the yellow flag wherever it is to be found.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
  • About a cable's length from us lay a large European steamship, flying the yellow flag at the fore.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
  • How they must hate the white uniform and the black and yellow flag.

    Italian Letters of a Diplomat's Life Mary Alsop King Waddington
  • At any rate, we have added to our experience and are carrying the yellow flag (the quarantine signal) home as a trophy.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
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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