flag of convenience

noun phrase

: registry of a merchant ship under a foreign flag in order to profit from less restrictive regulations

Examples of flag of convenience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only two percent of shipping worldwide sails under the American flag, with the rest sailing under flags of convenience. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 8 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flag of convenience was in 1956

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“Flag of convenience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flag%20of%20convenience. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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