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red flag

a symbol of socialism, communism, or revolution

red flag

symbol of peril. [Folklore: Jobes, 413]
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That night a procession passed, by torchlight, through the streets, bearing in the midst the figure of a woman, enveloped with a richly embroidered mantle; while in advance stalked Jervase Helwyse, waving the red flag of the pestilence.
By this time the Indian was far out of reach, and had rejoined his men, and the whole dare-devil band, with the captured horses, scuttled off along the defiles, their red flag flaunting overhead, and the rocks echoing to their whoops and yells, and demoniac laughter.
Meantime, for that one beholding instant, Tashtego's mast-head hammer remained suspended in his hand; and the red flag, half-wrapping him as with a plaid, then streamed itself straight out from him, as his own forward-flowing heart; while Starbuck and Stubb, standing upon the bowsprit beneath, caught sight of the down-coming monster just as soon as he.
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.
From that moment till two hours afterwards, when the ship was brought up in one of the lower reaches of the Thames off an apparently uninhabited shore, near some sort of inlet where nothing but two anchored barges flying a red flag could be seen, Powell was too busy to think of the lady 'that mustn't be disturbed,' or of his captain--or of anything else unconnected with his immediate duties.
I remember the man next me being killed by a shell with all his team, and the tangle of flying harness, torn horseflesh, and crimson khaki, that we left behind us on the veldt; also that a small red flag, ludicrously like those used to indicate a putting-green, marked the single sloping entrance to the otherwise precipitous donga, which I for one was duly thankful to reach alive.
There is a force without beleaguering this accursed castle hasten to lead them to the attack, and when thou shalt see a red flag wave from the turret on the eastern angle of the donjon, press the Normans hard they will then have enough to do within, and you may win the wall in spite both of bow and mangonel.
To increase one's chance of finding a life partner who will be faithful to his or her marital vows - the part that says 'for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part' - one has to check if the aspiring spouse is not tainted with any of the personality disorders which are considered red flags.
In this way, red flags are mechanisms that can be used by internal auditors to anticipate possible frauds.
When I was a naive 27-year-old, I decided to move to the San Francisco Bay Area and took the first job offered to me there -- despite looming red flags.
Red flags were hoisted at the beaches earlier on due to the water quality being classified as Grade 4 and unsuitable for swimming.