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blue flag

any North American plant of the genus Iris, especially I. versicolor : the state flower of Tennessee.
Origin of blue flag
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • blue flags waved graceful leaves, willows grew in clumps, and vines clambered everywhere.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • So we made a set of blue flags, which gave us thirty more communications by using them in place of the white ones.

  • The blue flags, signal for a charge, rose and waved over the Sons of the Falcon.

  • On one side there was a forest of blue flags waving up and down, sideways, around in circles.

    Andy at Yale Roy Eliot Stokes
  • Again the red and blue flags blossom at the New York's yard-arm like the magic flowers in the last scene of a fairy play.

  • blue flags waved wildly then, while, across the dimming field, the Brimfield stand was silent and disappointed.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Above the stand the backs of the spectators in the top row of seats looked strangely agitated, and blue flags waved and snapped.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for blue flags

Blue Flag

an award given to a seaside resort that meets EU standards of cleanliness of beaches and purity of water in bathing areas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for blue flags

blue flags

noun phrase

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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