One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The national flag of the United Kingdom, consisting of red and white crosses on a blue background.
- ‘One young woman waved a New Zealand Flag, another a Union Jack embroidered with the legend We're Not Afraid.’
- ‘As it is, in today's two major finals, there will be not a Union Jack or a face-painted flag of St George in sight.’
- ‘‘If there is any danger of violence we will pull the plug,’ he declared last week, warning that Union Jacks and any offensive banners will be confiscated.’
- ‘Are you bothered by the idea that you could have an EU flag on your car number-plate but not a Union Jack?’
- ‘Cheering crowds waving Union Jacks and the flag of Gurnard Sailing Club, where Shirley is a member, lined the route.’
- ‘No chance of buying a Union Jack, Thai, Australian, Japanese, Scottish, Welsh, American, Korean or German flag now… sold out weeks ago.’
- ‘He also has a skull and crossbones which he hoists when his grandchildren visit, a Union Jack and a Yorkshire white rose - and he has no intention of getting rid of them.’
- ‘The IODE also distributed miniature Union Jacks and flag charts.’
- ‘Perhaps it was the Union Jacks, bunting and even boxer shorts of red, white and blue flying over Castle Howard's lawns like standards on a medieval field of combat.’
- ‘Flanked by a Union Jack on one side and a flag bearing the Brent logo on the other, nine of the applicants repeated the solemn oath that would finally allow them to call themselves British and to apply for a British passport.’
- ‘They got up at six in the morning, stormed the flagpole, took down the American flag and replaced it with a Union Jack they'd made in Arts & Crafts.’
- ‘The most controversial part of the race was Jensen Button's decision to have a St George's flag on his helmet - and not a Union Jack.’
- ‘But the ubiquitous red, white and blue stripes are joined in equal measure by the Union Jacks, Canadian and US flags.’
- ‘Freedom meant being able to fly a tricolour instead of a union jack.’
- ‘When I did, and I saw all those Union Jacks and heard the cheers, it was as proud a moment as anyone can experience in life.’
- ‘Abandoning the fine traditions of their ancestors, they tend to hang out a union jack and name the establishment after themselves.’
- ‘However, talking about the St George or the union jack quite obviously has other implications…’
- ‘Suddenly, the idea of supporting, financially or vocally, an Olympic ideal wrapped in a flag of convenience rather than a Union Jack looks very different.’
- ‘Also observed on the drive home: a Union Jack, a Canadian flag, a Mexican flag.’
- ‘The union jack caught the air as the ship started to move and it waved at the back of the ship in such a way that it seemed to wave itself to the people below.’
2(in the US) a small flag consisting of the union from the national flag, flown at the bows of vessels in harbor.
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