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blue flag

Any of several irises having blue or blue-violet flowers, especially Iris versicolor of eastern North America.

Blue Flag

(Environmental Science) an award given to a seaside resort that meets EU standards of cleanliness of beaches and purity of water in bathing areas

blue′ flag`

any of several North American irises having blue flowers.
[1775–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: flag - a common iris of the eastern United States having blue or blue-violet flowersblue flag - a common iris of the eastern United States having blue or blue-violet flowers; root formerly used medicinally
fleur-de-lis, iris, sword lily, flag - plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
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If she's not here to see, it's because I've provided for her, and sent half-a-dozen gentlemen, every one of 'em with a blue flag (but not half as fine as yours), to take her, in state, to a grand house all hung round with gold and silver banners, and everything else you please, where she'll wait till you come, and want for nothing.
Estella waved a blue flag, and I waved a red one, and Miss Havisham waved one sprinkled all over with little gold stars, out at the coach-window.
Instead of the white lily, which requires mud, or the common sweet flag, the blue flag (Iris versicolor) grows thinly in the pure water, rising from the stony bottom all around the shore, where it is visited by hummingbirds in June; and the color both of its bluish blades and its flowers and especially their reflections, is in singular harmony with the glaucous water.
In the minds of both the passengers the blue flag appeared a sinister token, and this the moment for presentiments, but nevertheless they rose, gathered their things together, and climbed on deck.
From the center booth hung the yellow flag of Tepus, the famous bow bearer of the King; next to it, on one hand, was the blue flag of Gilbert of the White Hand, and on the other the blood-red pennant of stout young Clifton of Buckinghamshire.
I found his chapel down among the shipping, in one of the narrow, old, water-side streets, with a gay blue flag waving freely from its roof.
There was a regular army of blue flags, some with one handle, and some with two, exhibiting appropriate devices, in golden characters four feet high, and stout in proportion.
The Ecological Blue Flag Program (PBAE) of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) granted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship the Blue Flag in the Eco-diplomatic category, for its active role in the improvement and sustainability of natural resources.
Given its environmental responsibility towards thelocal community and the area in which it operates, Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa, part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has recently been awarded the Blue Flag certification.
DOGS have been banned at the first beach in Wirral to be given the prestigious Blue Flag award.
North Bay, in Scarborough, and Whitby have been awarded a Blue Flag.
Seaburn and Roker in Sunderland retained their Blue Flag status and both received the Seaside Award for the sixth consecutive year.