- to mark or draw attention to for a particular purpose: The department has red-flagged the most urgent repair work to be done.
- to provoke the attention of; alert; arouse: The animal's refusal to eat red-flagged the keeper that something was wrong.
- of or relating to a red flag.
- intended or serving to emphasize, warn, incite, or provoke.
Origin of red-flag
First recorded in 1880–85
- the symbol or banner of a left-wing revolutionary party.
- a danger signal.
- something that provokes an angry or hostile reaction: The talk about raising taxes was a red flag to many voters.
- Also called powder flag. Nautical. a red burgee, designating in the International Code of Signals the letter “B,” flown by itself to show that a vessel is carrying, loading, or discharging explosives or highly inflammable material.
- (initial capital letters) a war game the U.S. Air Force holds several times each year at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to train personnel in air combat.
Origin of red flag
First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for red-flag
When it gets parched in Los Angeles the weather service issues a “red-flag” warning to indicate that the risk of fire is high.NBC Universal Sees Red
July 19, 2009
A lot of them fur-faced boys that hurl the merry bombs are goin' to pull off a red-flag sashay up the Avenoo.The Wrong Twin
Harry Leon Wilson
- a symbol of socialism, communism, or revolution
- a warning of danger or a signal to stop
- the Red Flag a socialist song, written by James Connell (1852–1929), Irish political activist, in 1889
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