flagging

adjective
flag·​ging | \ˈfla-giŋ also ˈflā- \

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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Yascha Mounk, a senior fellow at New America, has unearthed data suggesting flagging support for democracy in some Western countries. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "We aren’t alarmed enough about Jeff Sessions’s firing," 8 Nov. 2018 But some others are still floundering, such as J.C. Penney, whose stock has plummeted 55 percent in the last 12 months — to less than $3 a share — as that middle-market retailer still struggles with flagging sales. James F. Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Some analysts skeptical that Macy’s can keep its rebound alive," 13 Aug. 2018 Israeli troops killed four Palestinians along the Gaza Strip border on Friday as the Hamas militant group that rules the coastal strip struggled to revive a flagging protest campaign. Michael Arnold, Bloomberg.com, "Israeli Troops Kill 4 Palestinians as Gaza Protests Resume," 8 June 2018 Russia and Saudi Arabia have already irked Iran and pleased Trump by agreeing to roll back some of the cuts oil producers introduced to boost flagging prices. Henry Meyer, chicagotribune.com, "Putin is preparing a deal Trump can tout after summit," 6 July 2018 Debt loads in much of the world are higher than in 2013, leaving households more vulnerable to tighter credit conditions and governments less able to spend flagging economies to safety. The Economist, "Rate rises affect global markets—and may feed back to America," 14 June 2018 Flannery previously pledged $20 billion-plus in divestitures, to focus on GE’s power, health care, and aviation businesses -- and to shore up that flagging stock price. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "GE steps up divestitures with deal to exit transportation equipment business," 21 May 2018 But a series of experiments has found that fresh mitochondria can revive flagging cells and enable them to quickly recover. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 But not the New Haven Line, Frattasio wrote; commuters bought so many drinks that alcohol sales offset the line’s flagging food sales, and even helped turn a profit. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Bar Cars Tabled, Again: Beloved Boozy Carriages Quashed By Transportation Funding Woes," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of flagging

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flagging was in 1545

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