flagging

adjective

flag·​ging ˈfla-giŋ How to pronounce flagging (audio)
 also  ˈflā-
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: becoming progressively less : dwindling
flaggingly adverb

Examples of flagging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The urgency of that period was clear in an email that Morris wrote to accountants and Biden about Biden’s outstanding tax returns on Feb. 7, 2020, three weeks before the elder Biden’s victory in the South Carolina primary revived his flagging campaign. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 Authorities have ruled out the use of massive stimulus to revive the flagging economy, leaving traders wondering when things will improve. Abhishek Vishnoi, Fortune Asia, 20 Jan. 2024 But the lifting of the blockade, even if temporary, is likely to bring some relief to Ukraine’s flagging economy, which is heavily dependent on exports of raw materials such as grain. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 The seemingly relentless decline in prices of Chinese goods amid tepid consumer demand is denting expectations that corporate earnings can revive the flagging stock market. Charlotte Yang, Fortune Asia, 14 Jan. 2024 The urgency of that period was clear in an email that Morris wrote to accountants and Biden about Biden’s outstanding tax returns on Feb. 7, 2020, three weeks before the elder Biden’s victory in the South Carolina primary revived his flagging presidential campaign. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 In light of the flagging legitimacy of the current Palestinian leadership, many both inside and outside Palestine see new elections, which have not been held since 2006, as a necessary component of the postwar order and the eventual reconstruction of Gaza. Khaled Elgindy, Foreign Affairs, 18 Dec. 2023 Zelensky, who is reckoning with his country’s flagging counteroffensive and growing internal frustrations and political infighting, called on U.S. officials and lawmakers early this week in Washington in a desperate bid for aid. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 And there was enough of it to buoy our flagging morale. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flagging was in 1545

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“Flagging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagging. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

flagging

noun
flag·​ging
ˈflag-iŋ
: a pavement of flagstones
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