Definition of flagpole in English:



  • A pole used for flying a flag.

    • ‘To hang a Union Flag up correctly the thick white stripe should be at the top of the flag nearest the flagpole and otherwise at the top on the left.’
    • ‘The idea of disguising the transmitter inside the flagpole was intended to ease the planning process.’
    • ‘The custom of dressing a black poplar known as the Arbor Tree with flags on flagpoles every 29 May is unique in Britain.’
    • ‘The flag was flying on the flagpole, meaning that Her Majesty was at home.’
    • ‘Beside him was another of the creatures, this one holding a large flagpole with a black flag hoisted to it.’
    • ‘No one partied harder than the people of Bolton, with flags flying patriotically from flagpoles and bunting between the houses.’
    • ‘There are tens of flagpoles with the flags of different political parties fluttering in the air.’
    • ‘‘The soldiers were very careful in lowering the flags, fearing that the flagpoles were mined or booby trapped,’ a witness told local journalists.’
    • ‘Every morning the Indian flag is ceremonially hoisted on a central flagpole, an unusual practice for businesses here.’
    • ‘We ran around the streets running up the buildings and jumping from flagpole to flag pole upon the buildings.’
    • ‘Two flagpoles flying the American flag will frame the ceremonial entrance.’
    • ‘‘Hoisted’ is not an adequately descriptive word because these two flags are attached to the world's tallest flagpoles.’
    • ‘She's one of the few people who flies the South African flag from a flagpole in her garden.’
    • ‘The school flag was lowered from a flagpole and replaced by a Union Flag before the 250 pupils gathered with staff to observe the two minutes' silence.’
    • ‘Flags and other patriotic symbols are everywhere - on the flagpoles, on the buildings, on the cars, and on the people themselves.’
    • ‘Visitors to Scarborough Cricket Club this week will have noticed three flags on the club flagpole.’
    • ‘Just when the first Thai flag flew from a flagpole has never been established.’
    • ‘Outside the Church the flagpoles were adorned with the National and Papal flags.’
    • ‘A row has broken out between a village church and its neighbours after plans to put a phone mast disguised as a flagpole in its belltower were revealed.’
    • ‘There is also a tall flagpole with a flag being waved, depending on the weather, by the wind.’
    flagpole, flagstaff, pole, post, rod, support, upright
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  • run something up the flagpole (to see who salutes)

    • Test the popularity of a new idea or proposal.

      ‘the idea was first run up the flagpole in 1997’
      • ‘It's no good your just running it up the flagpole to see if you salute.’
      • ‘Nobody saluted when they ran it up the flagpole.’
      • ‘Then they'd all go back to their offices and run something up the flagpole, just to see who might salute.’
      • ‘Of course, there are many more highly-irritating words and phrases that are often used in corporate circles, such as ‘moving the goalposts’, and ‘running an idea up the flagpole’.’
      • ‘I'll run it up the flagpole, George, but I suspect only they will salute.’
      • ‘Maybe if you run it up the flagpole someone will salute it.’
      • ‘And, run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.’
      suggest, put forward, come up with, submit, raise, moot, propose, advance, offer, proffer, posit, present, table, test the popularity of
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