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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Ruled academically ineligible but coming with no known red flags, industry sources believe Beal could be drafted as high as the second round. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals could be players in NFL supplementary draft because of available defensive backs," 10 July 2018 From 2003 to 2017, people from the former USSR made 86 all-cash purchases — a red flag of potential money laundering — of Trump properties, totaling $109 million. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 The dry conditions were ripe for a blaze—the National Weather Service (NWS) had issued a red flag warning for dry, unstable conditions that day. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, "How to Escape a Wildfire When You're Hiking," 26 June 2018 Scientists hope that, in time, a set of red flags will be identified for this different sort of at-risk population. Melissa Fay Greene, The Cut, "A mother considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.," 24 June 2018 There are a lot of red flags with Williams, the biggest being questions about his motor, but his athletic ability is what will attract teams. 16. Marc Narducci,, "NBA mock draft: Sixers could stay at No. 10, draft Kevin Knox | Marc Narducci," 18 June 2018 Documents recently obtained by CNN through a public records request show that red flags have been raised to federal authorities about Nuedexta for years. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Government issues warning about pill pushed on the elderly," 4 June 2018 More red flags were raised when cops looked at texts between Perkins and her ex that looked consensual and amicable. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "She said her ex-boyfriend abducted her from Walmart. The story had holes, cops say | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 How sore is too sore? Experiencing some soreness is fine — but there are some red flags that may suggest your pain isn’t normal. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "This Is the Best Way to Treat Sore Muscles After a Workout," 16 Apr. 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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