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[flag-muh n] /ˈflæg mən/
noun, plural flagmen.
a person who signals with a flag or lantern, as at a railroad crossing.
a person who has charge of or carries a flag.
Origin of flagman
1660-70; flag1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At the rear end of the car the flagman worked with one of the tail-lights that burned badly, and the conductor watched him.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • He passed the flagman, going like a brunet typhoon ten days overdue.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • The flagman at the shanty one hundred feet away had evidently witnessed the tussle between the two boys.

  • A flagman shouted something at them as they passed a switch.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • In the aisle near the forward door she encountered the flagman.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Skeeter's it," announced the flagman, a self-constituted umpire.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • He remembered Casey, the flagman, but probably there were many Caseys in that camp.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • I nodded again; only, I thought, I should like to hear the flagman tell the story.

    That Affair at Elizabeth Burton E. Stevenson
  • flagman at crossing claims to have been sick at the time of the accident, was in his shanty sitting down.

    Railroad Accidents R. C. Richards
  • Neither the conductor nor the flagman said a word in answer.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for flagman


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