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Definition of the noun red flag

What does red flag mean as a name of something?


  1. a flag that serves as a warning signal
    • example: we didn't swim at the beach because the red flag was up
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: alarm / alarum / alert / warning signal = an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger; flag / signal flag = a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
  2. the emblem of socialist revolution
  3. something that irritates or demands immediate action
    • example: doing that is like waving a red flag in front of a bull
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: annoyance / annoying / irritation / vexation = the act of troubling or annoying someone

Alternative definition of the noun red flag


  1. [idiomatic] A cue, warning, or alert; a sign or signal that something is wrong.

Specialised definition of the noun red flag

Glossary of sports / athletics

if an athlete receives a red flag, the jump or throw is a foul (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: that's a huge jump, but she's got the red flag.


"Red Flag" is a 2012 romantic comedy film written and directed by Alex Karpovsky.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Red Flag

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Lithuania (2011)

by Saulius A. Suziedelis

the Lithuanians utilized an official red flag with the white Vytis at the center. During the period of the Polish—Lith— uanian Commonwealth (1569—1795), the Vytis was displayed ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

Red flag days are those during which movement requirements cannot be met; green flag days are those during which the requisite ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Socialism (2015)

by Peter Lamb

Following its use by the Paris Commune, the red flag was the flag of socialism from the 1870s. Children carried red flags to socialist Sunday schools in Great ...

Google previewAsian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History [3 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History by Xiaojian Zhao, Edward J.W. Park Ph.D.

This flag has come to represent a refugee community's difference from the homeland, now united under a red flag with one large yellow star at center. The yellow flag has been dubbed the “Freedom and Heritage” flag of the Vietnamese ...

Google previewThe New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: J-Z (2006)

by Eric Partridge

red flag noun 1 an obvious indication that all is not ...

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Greed, deed, meek, and the feed of love!
Bid for my love and come to me,
For i am wearing my beads of love waiting for you alone;
And like the red flag hanging up high in the land of roses. (Edward Kofi Louis)
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