\ˈblak-ˈflag \
black-flagged; black-flagging; black-flags

Definition of black-flag 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to signal (a race-car driver) to go immediately to the pits

black flag


Definition of black flag (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pirate's flag usually bearing a skull and crossbones

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This marked the first time the group’s black flags were flown in Europe. Barney Guiton, Newsweek, "Islamic State Supporters Hand Out Leaflets in Central London Promising 'Dawn of a New Era'," 12 Aug. 2014 The outburst resulted in Benson being black flagged. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Ice in his veins: From skates to racing shoes, John Senerchia travels the fast track to success at Grundy Speedway," 7 July 2018 Eyewitnesses reported seeing the attackers displaying the black flag of the Islamic State group. Washington Post, "Iraqi officials: Drive-by shooting kills 8 north of Baghdad," 2 May 2018 In an image provided by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, Qari Hekmatullah, who is standing with a black flag to his left in this video still. Anchorage Daily News, "Islamic State leader in Afghanistan is killed in U.S. airstrike," 9 Apr. 2018 Long gone but by no means forgotten, Blackbeard's dreaded black flag will fly on state ferries to the Outer Banks this year. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "He maimed, killed, plundered. Why will NC fly Blackbeard's creepy black flag again? | Charlotte Observer," 5 Apr. 2018 Because that often seemed the case in this Roach Report, which features 13 Miami-Dade restaurants, 11 of which got black flagged wholly or partially for live roach violations. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Too many roaches — and other gross things — get 11 Miami restaurants black flagged | Miami Herald," 15 Mar. 2018 Parents explained to their children why their favorite athletes would not be marching under their familiar red, blue and black flag but this new banner instead. Time, "7 Things From the PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony You Won't See On TV," 9 Feb. 2018 The days of sliding into the pits during a reverse spin to get a lap ahead of everyone during the race are over, and in a separate announcement Polyphony Digital warns that cheating like this can result in a pretty serious black flag. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Keep It 1.11: Gran Turismo Sport Expands with New Update," 5 Feb. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above


1720, in the meaning defined above

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