red flag


Definition of red flag

1 : a warning signal
2 : something that attracts usually irritated attention

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Examples of red flag in a Sentence

Gaps in your employment history are red flags to employers. the résumé she accidentally left on the office printer was a red flag that she was planning to quit

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So the red flags were up for the player who spent just one season at Oregon. Bruce Jenkins,, "Former Warriors executive Travis Schlenk making waves with Hawks draft," 20 June 2019 Another big red flag is all of the diet talk in this book. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Is the Dubrow Diet healthy? A dietitian weighs in," 12 June 2019 Double red flags are currently posted at Panama City Beach, Destin and South Walton. Leada Gore |,, "Latest beach conditions: Water closed at Panama City Beach, Destin; double red flags posted," 10 June 2019 Buckley breaks down why Langford is considered a risky pick: His red flag sits right on the stat sheet. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft 2019: Pacers could show free agency plan with No. 18 draft pick," 6 June 2019 One red flag was a government official doubling as a profit-seeking business partner. Ian Macdougall, Propublica, ProPublica, "The Country That Exiled McKinsey," 14 May 2019 Overall, unreported cases worked out to 18% of about 37,600 episodes in which a Medicare beneficiary was taken to the emergency room from a nursing facility in circumstances that raised red flags. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Denver Post, "AP: Nursing facilities failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect, abuse of seniors on Medicare," 12 June 2019 There’s also no denying that there are red flags everywhere., "Bachelorette Hannah Questions Luke P. After 'Terrible' Date: 'This is Not Going Anywhere'," 11 June 2019 There were red flags surrounding Foster leading up to the 2017 draft, including failing a drug test at the combine. Joe Stiglich, The Seattle Times, "Shanahan defends 49ers’ handling of troubled LB Foster," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of red flag

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of red flag was in 1748

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English Language Learners Definition of red flag

: a warning sign : a sign that there is a problem that should be noticed or dealt with

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