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blue peter

noun

, Nautical.
  1. a blue flag with a white square in the center, designating the letter P in the International Code of Signals, flown by a vessel in port to indicate its imminent departure.


blue peter

noun

  1. a signal flag of blue with a white square at the centre, displayed by a vessel about to leave port


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Word History and Origins

Origin of blue peter1

First recorded in 1815–25
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Word History and Origins

Origin of blue peter1

C19: from the name Peter
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Example Sentences

The Blue Peter was at the fore, and her deck was crowded with excited, jubilant Venezuelans.

In some places it is known as a crow duck, but the proper local name here is "blue-peter."

The reporter knew that this was the "Blue Peter," flown in token that the steamer was about to sail.

“Blue Peter” had been flying for some time, and a gun was fired to hurry off those on shore.

They observe the “Blue-Peter,” but without knowing aught of its significance.

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