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blue peter

n. Nautical
A blue flag with a white square in the center, flown to signal that a ship is ready to sail.

[From the fact that it represents the letter P in the International Code of Signals.]
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blue peter

n
(Nautical Terms) a signal flag of blue with a white square at the centre, displayed by a vessel about to leave port
[C19: from the name Peter]
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blue′ pe′ter


n.
a blue flag with a white square in the center, designating the letter P in the International Code of Signals, flown by a vessel in port to indicate its imminent departure.
[1815–25]
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Noun1.blue peter - a blue flag with a white square in the center indicates that the vessel is ready to sailblue peter - a blue flag with a white square in the center indicates that the vessel is ready to sail
code flag, nautical signal flag - one of an international code of flag signals used between ships
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Millions watched Blue Peter live from Clare's Earlsdon garden, with Darius performing his new single and (left) presenters Matt Baker, Anton Vanpleu, Simon Thomas, and Konnie Huq with Rachel (left) and Clare (right).