red flag

noun

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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If a brand refuses to post their suppliers, that would be the biggest red flag of all. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Deadliest Garment Industry Disaster in History, Five Years Later," 24 Apr. 2018 The messages on his phone were just one in a string of red flags before the attack. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland shooter sent himself text messages about desire to 'shoot everybody,' brother says," 11 July 2018 Richardson again told the ICE attorney to mark her case with a red flag to ensure the government reunites her with her family in time. Astrid Galvan, Houston Chronicle, "Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family," 9 July 2018 The director of a women's shelter talks about them Advertisement Nicole Linder, executive director of Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno, talks about red flags in relationships that could lead to domestic violence. Gabby Ferreira And Don Sweeney, sacbee, "She confessed to affair with 'better lover.' He beat her with a tire iron at Walmart, cops say," 9 July 2018 Richardson again told the ICE attorney to mark her case with a red flag to ensure the government reunites her with her family in time. Anchorage Daily News, "Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family," 8 July 2018 Richardson again told the ICE attorney to mark her case with a red flag to ensure the government reunites her with her family in time. Astrid Galvan, azcentral, "Migrant family separations: Children as young as 1 year old in U.S. court, awaiting reunion," 7 July 2018 Huge trades move prices about the same as small ones, ignoring the normal rules of economics, according to a review of Kraken’s public order book—a pattern that experts on market manipulation view as a red flag. Matthew Leising, Bloomberg.com, "Crypto Coin Tether Defies Logic on Kraken’s Market, Raising Red Flags," 29 June 2018 That may seem like a red flag but don't jump to conclusions. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Here's why you should never ask your Airbnb host if the area is safe," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of red flag

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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red flag

noun

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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