capture the flag


Definition of capture the flag

: a game in which players on each of two teams seek to capture the other team's flag and return it to their side without being captured and imprisoned

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Recent Examples on the Web Squirting watermelon seeds at your siblings is one of those vanishing summer images that sits right up there with playing kick the can, capture the flag and flashlight tag. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "An ode to watermelon. Why it's the best summer fruit. And if you don't agree, you're wrong," 3 July 2020 Other adult recesses feature scavenger hunts, tug-of-war, or capture the flag, all activities that require a little less blood, sweat, and tears than signing up for a softball league. Mimi Montgomery, Outside Online, "Grown-Ups Need to Play More. Adult Recess Can Help.," 22 Oct. 2019 Think capture the flag meets chess meets action sport. Darcel Rockett,, "Paintball fever arrives with NXL Chicago Open: 'Think capture the flag meets chess meets action sport’," 13 Sep. 2019 But this year will include not just a mock hospital but also a formal capture the flag hacking competition, and much more extensive hands-on hacking. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Model Hospital Where the Devices Get Hacked—on Purpose," 6 Aug. 2019 Fred's House was also the congregation site for nighttime capture the flag. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 On this particular Saturday night, guests partook in many of the same activities (minus capture the flag), and the chocolate chip cookies. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 But for the Woolworth clan the farm is synonymous with summer — a place to catch frogs, play capture the flag, and sneak an extra cookie from the cookie jar. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 Last week, OpenAI’s bots were playing Dota 2; this week, it’s Quake III, with a team of researchers from Google’s DeepMind subsidiary successfully training agents that can beat humans at a game of capture the flag. James Vincent, The Verge, "DeepMind’s AI agents exceed ‘human-level’ gameplay in Quake III," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of capture the flag

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Capture the flag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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