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🏁 Chequered Flag emoji

or Checkered Flag emoji or Racing Flag emoji [ chek-urd flag ih-moh-jee ]

What does 🏁 Chequered Flag emoji mean?

The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 depicts a flag with a black-and-white checkerboard pattern. It is commonly used to represent vehicle racing, races in general, challenges, or accomplishments. The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 is used more often during major NASCAR or Formula One races, such as the annual Daytona 500 race held in Florida.

Note: British English uses the spelling chequered. US English uses the spelling checkered. The official Unicode name for the emoji uses the chequered spelling.

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🏎️ Racing Car emoji, πŸ‡ Horse Racing emoji, 🏍️ Motorcycle emoji

Where does 🏁 Chequered Flag emoji come from?

The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁, also popularly called Checkered Flag emoji or Racing Flag emoji, was approved under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. On most major platforms, the emoji depicts a flag with a black-and-white checkerboard pattern attached to a grey flag pole. The Facebook version of the emoji lacks a flag pole. The exact size and pattern of the flag varies by platform. The Google, Samsung, and WhatsApp versions of the emoji have the flag pole slanted toward the left.

Checkered flags (or chequered if you follow British spelling) in racing date back to the 1906 American Automobile Association’s Glidden Tour, when the flag was used to signal to drivers the checkpoints they needed to stop at. The particular flag depicted in the the Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 is also traditionally used by a racing official to signal the end orΒ the finish line of a motor car race.Β For this reason, the Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 is often used with the Racing Car emoji 🏎️ to talk about major races or popular motor car racing organizations, such as NASCAR or Formula One auto racing.

More generally, the Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 is used to refer to any kind of race. The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 is also used metaphorically to compare tough challenges or trials to long races or marathons. So, a person may use the Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 to mean they finished a hard task or are β€œlooking toward to the finish line” if they are still in the middle of a challenging journey.

Examples of 🏁 Chequered Flag emoji

Tell us who your favorite driver is and why. 🏁
@NASCAR, December 23, 2020
Just applied for graduation in May!! I start student teaching on Monday. I can see the finish line 🏁🏁
@CoachMiles33, January 27, 2021

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Who uses 🏁 Chequered Flag emoji?

The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 is often used to refer to motor car racing.

The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 is also used more generally to refer to any kind of race.

The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 can also refer to strenuous or difficult tasks.

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