\ ˈblak-ˈflag How to pronounce black-flag (audio) \
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 is a black flag that should worry the White House. Stacey Cunningham, WSJ, "We’re Suing the SEC to Protect the Stock Market," 14 Feb. 2019 Not far away, Ortega supporters carrying the red and black flag of the Sandinista Front marched behind trucks blaring songs praising the president. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Competing marches peaceful in Nicaraguan capital," 28 July 2018 What do those people raising black flags and circling A’s really want? Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It," 7 Sep. 2018 The black flag belongs to a pigeon keeper who climbs the uneven stairs up the eighth-century minaret to let loose his birds, waving it to keep them in flight, the man’s relatives and mosque neighbors say. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "In a Coo Few People Want, Raqqa’s Pigeons Return," 29 Oct. 2018 Those militants were among the black flag-waving fighters who swore allegiance to the Islamic State group and laid siege to the southern Islamic city of Marawi last year. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Philippine rebel chief: 30,000 rebels to be disarmed in deal," 24 July 2018 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

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1963, in the meaning defined above


1720, in the meaning defined above

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