flag of convenience


noun

the foreign flag under which merchant ships register in order to save on taxes or wages, or to avoid government regulations.

Nearby words

  1. flag day,
  2. flag down,
  3. flag fall,
  4. flag football,
  5. flag lieutenant,
  6. flag of truce,
  7. flag officer,
  8. flag out,
  9. flag rank,
  10. flag seat

Origin of flag of convenience

First recorded in 1955–60

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British Dictionary definitions for flag of convenience

flag of convenience

noun

a national flag flown by a ship registered in that country to gain financial or legal advantage
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