Definition of flagpole in US English:



  • A pole used for flying a flag.

    • ‘Outside the Church the flagpoles were adorned with the National and Papal flags.’
    • ‘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 is also a tall flagpole with a flag being waved, depending on the weather, by the wind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every morning the Indian flag is ceremonially hoisted on a central flagpole, an unusual practice for businesses here.’
    • ‘She's one of the few people who flies the South African flag from a flagpole in her garden.’
    • ‘There are tens of flagpoles with the flags of different political parties fluttering in the air.’
    • ‘Just when the first Thai flag flew from a flagpole has never been established.’
    • ‘The idea of disguising the transmitter inside the flagpole was intended to ease the planning process.’
    • ‘Two flagpoles flying the American flag will frame the ceremonial entrance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flags and other patriotic symbols are everywhere - on the flagpoles, on the buildings, on the cars, and on the people themselves.’
    • ‘The flag was flying on the flagpole, meaning that Her Majesty was at home.’
    • ‘The custom of dressing a black poplar known as the Arbor Tree with flags on flagpoles every 29 May is unique in Britain.’
    • ‘‘Hoisted’ is not an adequately descriptive word because these two flags are attached to the world's tallest flagpoles.’
    • ‘‘The soldiers were very careful in lowering the flags, fearing that the flagpoles were mined or booby trapped,’ a witness told local journalists.’
    • ‘We ran around the streets running up the buildings and jumping from flagpole to flag pole upon the buildings.’
    • ‘Visitors to Scarborough Cricket Club this week will have noticed three flags on the club flagpole.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘Then they'd all go back to their offices and run something up the flagpole, just to see who might salute.’
      • ‘I'll run it up the flagpole, George, but I suspect only they will salute.’
      • ‘And, run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.’
      • ‘Nobody saluted when they ran it up the flagpole.’
      • ‘Maybe if you run it up the flagpole someone will salute it.’
      suggest, put forward, come up with, submit, raise, moot, propose, advance, offer, proffer, posit, present, table, test the popularity of
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