flagman

[flag-muhn]
noun, plural flagmen.
1.
a person who signals with a flag or lantern, as at a railroad crossing.
2.
a person who has charge of or carries a flag.

Origin:
1660–70; flag1 + -man

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flagman (ˈflæɡmən)
 
n , pl -men
a person who has charge of, carries, or signals with a flag, esp a railway employee

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Example sentences
The flagman waves the yellow caution flag during the race.
The employer would obtain and pay the flagman and would be reimbursed by the
  city.
The designated flagman directs all movements of the lift equipment.
If a flagman is provided by the railroad, movement over the crossing is to be
  done under the flagman's direction.
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