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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The red flag comes out, a stoppage to clear the track. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 The Wall Street Journal has reported on the close relationship between Vale, Brazil’s largest company, and Germany’s TÜV SÜD, which certified the Brumadinho dam as stable, despite finding numerous red flags. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "After Brazil Tragedy, Mining Firms Call for New Oversight of Waste Dams," 25 Feb. 2019 Hammond, the lawyer for Gun Owners of America, said that after early defeats his group also is beginning to succeed in thwarting red flag bills. Ryan J. Foley, Fox News, "AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns," 26 Sep. 2018 The red flag is that these days have come so often this season, especially for a team expecting a more productive offense with the off-season additions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With seven shutouts already, Brewers offense has not lived up to preseason expectations," 6 May 2018 Soldiers are not supposed to put their current locations on social media, so that's another red flag. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Online Scammers Won't Stop Impersonating This Four-Star Army General," 14 Aug. 2018 But the specific attributes of KodakCoin present some red flags. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Kodak’s Dubious Cryptocurrency Gamble," 30 Jan. 2018 Hiram's purchase of the Riverdale Register raised some red flags, especially among the Coopers. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 These appointments will include both an exam of your oral health to check for cavities, gum disease, and any other red flags about your oral health, as well as a thorough cleaning. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Exactly How Often You Really Need to See Different Kinds of Doctors," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of red flag

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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