• WordNet 3.6
    • adj flagging weak from exhaustion
    • n flagging a walk of flagstones "the flagging in the garden was quite imaginative"
    • n flagging flagstones collectively "there was a pile of flagging waiting to be laid in place"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Flag The Flag
Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag
    • n Flagging A pavement or sidewalk of flagstones; flagstones, collectively.
    • a Flagging Growing languid, weak, or spiritless; weakening; delaying.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cyprus has a map on its flag.
    • flagging Limp; drooping; languid; failing.
    • n flagging The act of laying with flagstones, as a sidewalk.
    • n flagging Flagstones collectively; a pavement or sidewalk of flagstones.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole was honored for doing this.
    • n Flagging flagstones: a pavement of flagstones
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  • Leigh Hunt
    “If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating.”
  • Jesse Jackson
    “Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white -- and we're all precious in God's sight.”
  • William Congreve
    “Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.”
  • George M. Cohan
    George M. Cohan
    “Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.”
  • Norman Thomas
    Norman Thomas
    “If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it.”


Fly the flag - If someone flies the flag, they represent or support their country. ('Wave the flag' and 'show the flag' are alternative forms of this idiom)
Under a flag of convenience - If a ship sails under a flag of convenience, it is registered in a country where taxes, etc, are lower than in the country it comes from, so if someone does something under a flag of convenience, they attempt to avoid regulations and taxes by a similar means.
Wrap yourself in the flag - If someone wraps themselves in the flag, they pretend to be doing something for patriotic reasons or out of loyalty, but their real motives are selfish. ('Drape yourself in the flag' is an alternative form of this idiom)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of flake; Ice. flaga, a flag or slab.


In literature:

It may possibly have occurred to some of my readers to wonder what flag floated from the mastheads of these ships.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The assailants wished to withdraw, repeatedly raising the white flag, but it was each time shot down.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The taunting words "spare your country's flag" have struck home.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
On the steps lies the Spanish flag with a broken staff, and in her hand she holds on high the Philippine flag of freedom.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Aaron's crazy about the flag.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Rapidly the two flags moved, then paused.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Close by, from an open plot or area of ground, towered a pine trunk, floating the national flag.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Godfrey ran to the end of Flag Point, and began to haul his flag up and down, as if he were saluting.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
We ornament our vessels with flags; they decked theirs with garlands.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

To help our flagging faith to rise,
Lo! have we not the high advice
Of stars, that for all faith suffice
As gospels of the skies?
"Encouragement" by Madison Julius Cawein
Thither, O Vizier, will I bear
This man my pity could not save,
And plucking up the marble flags,
There lay his body in my grave.
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
Ah, never braver bark and crew,
Nor bolder Flag a foe to dare.
Had left a wake on ocean blue
Since Lion-Heart sailed Trenc-le-mer!
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
Soldier coming from the war--
When the street is one wide sea,
Flags and streaming eyes and glory--
Soldier, will you look for me?
""Soldier Going To The War"" by Richard Le Gallienne
His sword is rusting in its sheath,
His flag furled on the wall;
We'll twine them with a holly-wreath,
With green leaves cover all.
"Christmas Comes Again" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
And Jimmy danced upon the flags,
And cried, "there's few have seen,
And ever thought that in these rags,
Stands brother to a Dean."
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley

In news:

Today, the Texas capitol flies both the American and Texas flags, but after independence the Lone Star flag would fly on its own.
Kirchner started on the outside of Mike Carlson in the front row of the feature that went flag-to-flag--caution free.
GROTON, CT, June 2012 – In July of 1990 Stan Cardinal hoisted the flag on the colossal flag pole outside of Cardinal Honda.
This week is National Flag Week, which includes the upcoming National Flag Day on Thursday, June 14.
The flag, which has 15 stars, is a reproduction of the flag in use during the War of 1812.
Local Boy Scouts and a local Woodmen of the World represented raised the flag during the Flag Day program, held Thursday morning at the Cadiz welcome sign at Main Street and US 68/Ky 80.
Prairie High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets and local scouts hold up a large American flag Tuesday during the annual Flag Day celebration at the Vancouver Barracks parade ground.
Flag Day was an appropriate time to auction some American flags that are even older than Old Glory .
Just don't expect me to wave a flag in the street, or wear a flag shirt, or put those flag "thingies" on my car (I hate those.
Syria's national flag flies during the flag raising ceremony at the Olympic village in London on July 25, 2012.
As I went driving around the community, I noticed a Texas flag being flown over the American flag.
A Minnesota woman, known as Goodnight Gram, crafted one called "flag on the play" in which the scarf appears to be the long arm of a referee throwing a flag.
On Flag Day, Rep Allen West in trouble for scuba diving with the flag.
Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden speaks during the ceremonial flag raising of the SEC flag on Monday at Walsworth Plaza in Mizzou Arena.
Jon Towlsee of Mt Washington Bank presenting a check from Mt Washington Bank to John Vega at Fritz for the annual Boston Gay Basketball League and FLAG Flag Football Toy Drive.

In science:

Data (single- and double-pixel events, i.e., patterns 0–4 with Flag=0 option) were extracted from a circular region of radius 15′′ for pn, MOS1 and MOS2 in order to perform spectral analysis together with the background events extracted from a source free zone normalised to the source extraction area.
The XMM-Newton Detection of Extended Emission from the Nova Remnant of T Pyxidis
Flag for temperature output; =0 outputs results at all temperatures.
Charged-Particle Thermonuclear Reaction Rates: III. Nuclear Physics Input
Flag for interference between resonances of same spin and parity (Sec. 2.4 of Paper I); +: positive interference; -: negative interference; +-: unknown interference sign (a binary probability density function is then used for the random sampling; Sec. 4.4 of Paper I).
Charged-Particle Thermonuclear Reaction Rates: III. Nuclear Physics Input
Our review is also available on the FLAG webpage , which will be updated as new lattice results appear. A compilation of some of the results discussed below can also be found on the web page of Laiho, Lunghi and Van de Water [2, 3].
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
However, the table contains only three variates: old id, which acts as a primary key, old text, a mediumblob containing the text (which can be quite large), and old flags, which is used mainly to indicate whether or not the text is compressed.
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