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quarantine flag

noun, Nautical.
a yellow flag, designating the letter Q in the International Code of Signals: flown by itself to signify that a ship has no disease on board and requests a pratique, or flown with another flag to signify that there is disease on board ship.
Also called yellow flag.
Origin of quarantine flag
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In that of the midshipmen he may probably find a youth with the quarantine-flag up; that is, in the sick-list.

  • Sick-room and sick-bed are also in common use, and sick-flag is used in place of the American quarantine-flag.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for quarantine-flag

quarantine flag

(nautical) the yellow signal flag for the letter Q, flown alone from a vessel to indicate that there is no disease aboard and to request pratique or, with a second signal flag, to indicate that there is disease aboard Also called yellow flag, yellow jack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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