black-flag

verb
\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

noun

Definition of black flag (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 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

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First Known Use of black-flag

Verb

1963, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1720, in the meaning defined above

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