Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the navy, an officer on an admiral's staff who performs such duties for him as an aide-de-camp performs for a general in the army, communicating his orders to the ships under his command either in person or by signal.
“Chaise will be at the gates, sir," announced the flag-lieutenant.”
“As the flag-lieutenant busied himself with candle and wax and seal Foster folded his hands and looked over again at Hornblower.”
“Like his flag-lieutenant he had heard something of the story of the capture of the brig already — one more example of the speed with which gossip can fly — and he grasped the details, as Hornblower supplied them, with professional ease.”
“I've had your baggage put in the chaise, sir," said the flag-lieutenant on the way to the gate.”
“Ready, sir," said the flag-lieutenant, handing the sealed letter to Hornblower, who held it for an embarrassed second before putting it in his pocket — it seemed rather cavalier treatment for a dispatch to the Secretary of the Admiralty.”
“The flag-lieutenant who interviewed him next noticed the bundle as well, but his expression softened when Hornblower explained he was carrying captured documents.”
“Cornwallis was seated at one desk, and his flag-gieutenant at another, but they both rose at his entrance, and the flag-lieutenant slipped unobtrusively through a curtained door in the bulkhead while Cornwallis shook Hornblower's hand — it could hardly be a reprimand that was coming, yet Hornblower found it difficult to sit on more than the edge of the chair that Cornwallis offered him.”
“And it was pleasant to find that Fell had already dined, so that he could eat his dinner merely in the company of his flag-lieutenant and his secretary.”
“It was not for an hour or two, I suppose, that your flag-lieutenant and Mr Hough could agree that you had been spirited away.”
“Gerard and Spendlove, his flag-lieutenant and secretary, were waiting for him there — it would have gone hard with them if they had not been — and they pulled themselves erect, without any clicking of heels (for in three years they had found that their chief discountenanced the practice) and they said "Good morning, My Lord", "Good morning, My Lord" as if they were the two barrels of a shotgun.”
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