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flag

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[ flag ]
/ flæg /
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noun

verb (used with object), flagged, flag·ging.

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Idioms for flag

    strike the flag,
    1. to relinquish command, as of a ship.
    2. to submit or surrender: His financial situation is growing worse, but he's not ready to strike the flag.
    Also strike one's flag.

Origin of flag

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First recorded in 1475–85; perhaps blend of flap (noun) and fag1 (noun) in obsolete sense “flap”
flagger, nounflagless, adjective

Definition for flag (2 of 4)

flag2
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

noun

any of various plants with long, sword-shaped leaves, as the sweet flag.
the long, slender leaf of such a plant or of a cereal.

Origin of flag

2
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English flagge

Definition for flag (3 of 4)

flag3
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

verb (used without object), flagged, flag·ging.

to fall off in vigor, energy, activity, interest, etc.: Public enthusiasm flagged when the team kept losing.
to hang loosely or limply; droop.

Origin of flag

3
First recorded in 1535–45; perhaps blend of of flap (verb) and fag1 (verb) in obsolete sense “to droop”. See flag1

Definition for flag (4 of 4)

flag4
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

noun

verb (used with object), flagged, flag·ging.

to pave with flagstones.

Origin of flag

4
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English flagge “piece of sod”; akin to Old Norse flaga “slab”
flagger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flag (1 of 4)

flag1
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

verb flags, flagging or flagged (tr)

flagger, nounflagless, adjective
C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for flag (2 of 4)

flag2
/ (flæɡ) /

verb flags, flagging or flagged (intr)

to hang down; become limp; droop
to decline in strength or vigour; become weak or tired
C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for flag (3 of 4)

flag3
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

any of various plants that have long swordlike leaves, esp the iris Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag)
the leaf of any such plant
See also sweet flag
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Dutch flag, Danish flæg yellow iris

British Dictionary definitions for flag (4 of 4)

flag4
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

short for flagstone

verb flags, flagging or flagged

(tr) to furnish (a floor) with flagstones
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