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Origin of flagpole

First recorded in 1880–85; flag1 + pole1
Also called flagstaff.
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flagstaff (ˈflæɡˌstɑːf)

noun plural -poles, -staffs or -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
  1. a pole or staff on which a flag is hoisted and displayed
  2. run something up the flagpole to pursue a tentative course of action in order to gauge the reaction it receives
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