flag·​pole | \ ˈflag-ˌpōl \

Definition of flagpole

: a pole on which to raise a flag

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On July 12, New London will add an item to its downtown public art collection: a sculpture by Renee Rhodes featuring a 25-foot gaff-rigged yardarm flagpole and a life-size bronze of Athena, protector of cities. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "'Two Lives, One Passion' At Springfield Museums," 7 July 2018 Sometimes the flagpoles are put in place by using a helicopter. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Flagpole firm withstands winds of change," 7 Apr. 2018 There were three flagpoles in the room, decorated with random pieces of paper. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Louise Gray: A Totemic Comeback for a Scottish Original," 16 Sep. 2018 An Associated Press photographer captured an image of Long firing the flamethrower toward a man wielding a flagpole during the deadly Aug. 12 rally. Fox News, "Counterprotester who used flamethrower during Charlottesville rally appeals conviction," 21 Aug. 2018 According to online footage of the assault, a band of men kicked and punched Harris repeatedly inside the downtown Charlottesville garage, smacking him with flagpoles and a wooden plank. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Second man convicted in Charlottesville parking garage beating," 3 May 2018 There are dedicated flagpoles at the Capitol where the flags are hoisted and lowered as needed to fill orders. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "O, Canada, Only You Would Wait 99 Years for a Giant Flag," 9 July 2018 As Tuesday afternoon wore on, though, the flagpole issue began to seem tame. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 26 June 2018 The same device was used in 2007 to settle a dispute between Mar-a-Lago and the town of Palm Beach over building permits and flagpole heights. Barbara Demick, latimes.com, "New York charges Trump, his family and its foundation with 'persistent' violations," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of flagpole

1854, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of flagpole

: a pole on which to raise a flag

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