checkered flag

plural checkered flags

Definition of checkered flag

auto racing
: a flag marked by alternating black and white squares that is waved at the finish line to signal the end of a race Driving with a clear head and a deft right foot rather than an anxious heart, he slid into the lead three laps from the checkered flag— Sam Moses In one race weekend Andretti had run the gamut—he had been fast qualifier, he had driven at a steady pace in the first 11 hours and he had won a final, desperate sprint to the checkered flag.— Kim Chapin He took the checkered flag [=crossed the finish line in first place] at California Speedway on Sept. 4 to become the youngest driver in the 56-year history of the Cup series to win a race …— Lars Anderson

First Known Use of checkered flag

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkered flag was in 1908

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“Checkered flag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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