One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who gives signals with a flag, especially at horse races or on railway lines.
- ‘When I began racing, we still used a flagman as a starter, and there was another guy at the finish line who tried to judge who won.’
- ‘Flagmen cleared the road in front of the processing bands.’
- ‘Here the flagman pulls the caboose's coupling pin and brakes its speed with a measured twirl of the brake wheel as the cars ahead roll into the inspection track.’
- ‘Brown did immediately wave his red flag - a signal for flagman Ken Evans, positioned further down the course, to stop the runners.’
- ‘There are no rules and the only official is the flagman hired to wave the cars off at the start.’
- ‘Fourteen flagmen and two state troopers directed traffic around the plane as it was towed.’
- ‘He evoked memories with stories of planes landing on tracks, 13 year-old flagmen holding up traffic where a public street crossed a track during races, and making money.’
- ‘Whenever a train operator sees a flag, light or a flagman, the operator knows not only to slow the train to 10 mph, but also to carefully observe the tracks for workers performing their duties.’
- ‘I try to calm myself by running through the flagman's signals: Green flag to start.’
- ‘He often made many visits to schools and hospitals in Indiana and Wisconsin, explaining the role of a flagman.’
- ‘Less than 5 minutes before we departed, I heard the conductor calling to the flagman who was still in the baggage car.’
- ‘Traffic has been reduced to one-lane and is controlled by flagmen during working hours and traffic lights at all other times.’
- ‘Flagmen were in place to manage traffic flow.’
- ‘The flagman who by the way did an outstanding job didn't know who won the race.’
- ‘The advance flagman, who stands 100 yards down the course, claimed he had waved his flag but the jockeys said they had not seen him.’
- ‘At the western end the flagman cuts off his caboose and stands at the hand-brake, easing down the speed.’
- ‘The flagman hits the dirt to protect the train's rear, while the conductor walks ahead to check the operations around the bend.’
- ‘During the time that the truck was lying on its side, the road was at all times passable to local traffic and flagmen were in place to manage traffic flow.’
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