flag·​pole | \ˈflag-ˌpōl \

Definition of flagpole 

: a pole on which to raise a flag

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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 The $100,000 payment stems from the settlement of a lawsuit in which Mar-a-Lago sued the town of Palm Beach, Fla., in a dispute about flagpole restrictions. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Trumps Accused of Misusing Charity for ‘Self-Dealing’," 14 June 2018 The last phase of the $185,000 project includes a pavilion, a bioretention swale for storm water control, renovation to the flagpole area, benches, landscaping and replacement of the existing pathway. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Fairview Park hopes to complete extensive Grannis Park upgrades," 14 May 2018 An American flag and flagpole will be erected at the Jefferson Davis pedestal in MidCity. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Mitch Landrieu announces process for replacing Lee monument," 11 July 2017 The town had claimed some flagpoles on the property violated town ordinances; Mar-a-Lago claimed the ordinances were unconstitutional. Jon Campbell, USA TODAY, "Five takeaways from New York's Trump Foundation lawsuit," 14 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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