flag·​ging | \ ˈfla-giŋ also ˈflā- How to pronounce flagging (audio) \

Definition of flagging

1 : languid, weak
2 : becoming progressively less : dwindling

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Other Words from flagging

flaggingly adverb

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The sedan is helping Musk overcome flagging sales of the Model S, which went into production in 2012, and the Model X, which started output in 2015. Josh Eidelson, latimes.com, "Tesla prepares to boost production and return to hiring mode," 10 July 2019 His book is more of a curate’s egg than a Viagra pill capable of reviving a flagging conservative philosophy, let alone a hand grenade aimed at the headquarters of Corbynism. The Economist, "On Britain beyond Brexit and the future of Conservatism," 18 June 2019 The flagging support has created an opening for Mr. Macron’s government to regain its footing. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French Protesters Hang Up Their Yellow Vests," 16 June 2019 The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is not a traditional event by any means; it was invented as recently as 2010 by dog traders trying to boost flagging dog meat sales and to attract tourists. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Everything You Need to Know about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and How You Can Help End It," 21 June 2019 Released in June 1997, it was credited with introducing a new take on the flagging Britpop genre and steering Radiohead toward global stardom. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Radiohead’s unreleased OK Computer audio was stolen. Now the band is letting everyone hear it.," 11 June 2019 When all else fails, a road trip can perk up the flagging spirits. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: Bad spring ends on high note," 10 June 2019 This is called flagging and could be used to confuse predators and/or to warn other deer in the area. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A deer and dog had a wild encounter in a Wauwatosa backyard," 10 June 2019 The Volkswagen plant would boost UAW's flagging membership. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Volkswagen employees in Tennessee could help determine the future of the United Auto Workers," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of flagging

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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