false flag

[ fawls flag ]
/ ˈfɔls ˈflæg /


an attack or other hostile action that obscures the identity of the participants carrying out the action while implicating another group or nation as the perpetrator (often used attributively): Evidence suggests that the covert operation was a false flag.The false flag terrorist attack lured the military into a hasty response.

Nearby words

  1. false decretals,
  2. false diamond,
  3. false diverticulum,
  4. false dragonhead,
  5. false face,
  6. false friend,
  7. false front,
  8. false fruit,
  9. false hellebore,
  10. false hematuria

Origin of false flag

First recorded in 1800–10

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