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red flag

n.
1. A warning signal.
2. Something that demands attention or provokes an irritated reaction.

red flag

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a symbol of socialism, communism, or revolution
2. a warning of danger or a signal to stop

Red Flag

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Red Flag a socialist song, written by James Connell (1852–1929), Irish political activist, in 1889

red′ flag′


n.
1. a warning flag.
2. a danger signal.
3. something that provokes an angry or hostile reaction: The talk about raising taxes was a red flag to many voters.
[1770–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.red flag - a flag that serves as a warning signalred flag - a flag that serves as a warning signal; "we didn't swim at the beach because the red flag was up"
alarum, warning signal, alarm, alert - an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
signal flag, flag - a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
2.red flag - the emblem of socialist revolution
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
3.red flag - something that irritates or demands immediate action; "doing that is like waving a red flag in front of a bull"
annoying, vexation, annoyance, irritation - the act of troubling or annoying someone
References in classic literature ?
At times, their rage and despair took the semblance of grinning mirth; and whenever the red flag of the pestilence was hoisted over another and yet another door, they clapped their hands and shouted through the streets, in bitter mockery: "Behold a new triumph for the Lady Eleanore
A mounted Crow galloped past the camp, bearing a red flag.
One of the girls had read somewhere that a red flag was the proper symbol for oppressed workers, and so they mounted one, and paraded all about the yards, yelling with rage.
Yes, it was delightful; and the little maiden showed the boy everything; and the Elder Tree still was fragrant, and the red flag, with the white cross, was still waving: the flag under which the old seaman in the New Booths had sailed.
In the far distance the red flag was waving on one of the putting greens.
Two of those boats (which by our glasses we could see were English) outsailed the rest, were near two leagues ahead of them, and gained upon us considerably, so that we found they would come up with us; upon which we fired a gun without ball, to intimate that they should bring to: and we put out a flag of truce, as a signal for parley: but they came crowding after us till within shot, when we took in our white flag, they having made no answer to it, and hung out a red flag, and fired at them with a shot.
he pecks --he tears the vane --pointing to the red flag flying at the main-truck -- Ha
Several other men had dropped in, and the air was thick with tobacco smoke, when Brissenden waved the red flag.
Over the door of almost every dwelling a red flag was fluttering in the air.
it would be a bad thing if I could not muster many a Hamptonshire man who would be ready to strike in under the red flag of St.
he asked, pointing to the red flag which floated from the top of the stones.
For, the footsteps had become to their minds as the footsteps of a people, tumultuous under a red flag and with their country declared in danger, changed into wild beasts, by terrible enchantment long persisted in.