flag·​pole | \ ˈflag-ˌpōl How to pronounce flagpole (audio) \

Definition of flagpole

: a pole on which to raise a flag

Examples of flagpole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, two sixtyish men bashing in an ornamental wooden window box, one using a flagpole. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal," 17 Jan. 2021 Video footage shows Stager with a large group on the stairs of the Capitol building and holding a flagpole with a United States flag affixed to it. Lucas Manfredi, Fox News, "Arkansas man seen beating cop with flagpole during Capitol riot arrested," 15 Jan. 2021 The result could be the latest round in a war that has seen Trump at odds with local authorities over everything from the height of his flagpole to flight paths over Mar-a-Lago. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump faces legal row over plans to make Mar-a-Lago his home," 3 Dec. 2020 The Confederate flag and its flagpole were put in place by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Confederate flag removed at Alabama courthouse," 12 Nov. 2020 Later in the day, charges were unsealed against a man accused of beating a police officer on the Capitol grounds with a flagpole flying the American flag. New York Times, "Inaugural Security Is Fortified in D.C. as Military and Police Links Are Eyed in Riot," 14 Jan. 2021 Based on tips and a review of two videos on a Twitter thread, the FBI determined that Stager was beating B.M. with a flagpole that had the United States flag affixed to the other end, wrote Coe. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Arkansan charged with using American flag to beat police officer during Capitol riot," 14 Jan. 2021 Classmate Jack Flickinger lived just down the street from Shepherd and is forever associated with accepting a triple-dog dare to stick his tongue on a frozen flagpole in the schoolyard. Philip Potempa, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana locations a real world reminder of Jean Shepherd’s ‘A Christmas Story’," 3 Dec. 2020 Roughly 58 officers were injured during the siege, and agitators used bats, a flagpole, and a wrench, among other implements, to attack law enforcement, according to the Washington Post. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Kelly Loeffler to gift last Senate paycheck to Capitol Police fund following siege," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of flagpole

1854, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2021

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“Flagpole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagpole. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flagpole

: a tall pole from which a flag hangs : a pole used to display a flag


flag·​pole | \ ˈflag-ˌpōl How to pronounce flagpole (audio) \

Kids Definition of flagpole

: a pole on which to raise a flag

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