a staff or pole on which a flag is or can be displayed.
Also called flagstaff.

1880–85; flag1 + pole1

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flagpole or flagstaff (ˈflæɡˌpəʊl, ˈflæɡˌstɑːf)
n , pl -poles, -staffs, -staves
1.  a pole or staff on which a flag is hoisted and displayed
2.  run something up the flagpole to pursue a tentative course of action in order to gauge the reaction it receives
flagstaff or flagstaff (ˈflæɡˌpəʊl, ˈflæɡˌstɑːf, -ˌsteɪvz)

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