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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a blue flag with a white square in the center, used as a signal for sailing, to recall boats, etc. It is a corruption of blue repeater, one of the British signal flags.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a blue flag having a white square in the center, hoisted at the fore royalmasthead of merchant vessels as a signal that the ship is ready to sail, to recall boats, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a blue flag with a white square in the center indicates that the vessel is ready to sail


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  • He reads Rudyard Kipling, and he knows what I’m talking about when I refer to Blue Peter.

    The English American

  • Now, let me ask you, there are many kinds of blue smells, from the smell of a Blue Peter, which is salt, to that of the sky, which depends upon the weather.

    The Reminiscences Of Sir Henry Hawkins

  • The result was a conclusion to make common cause with the first victim of the factor's tyranny, namely Blue Peter, whose expulsion would arrive three months before theirs, and was unquestionably head and front of the same cruel scheme for putting down the fisher folk altogether.

    The Marquis of Lossie

  • Malcolm turned to Joseph Mair, commonly called Blue Peter, because he had been a man of war's man, and laying his hand on his arm said:

    The Marquis of Lossie

  • Blue Peter, which is showing Skelton's epic journey in two special episodes on 16 and 17

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • Not all that long ago, television producers could ask for an audience's opinion and then choose to ignore it - whether it was what to name Blue Peter's new kitten or who should win the public vote at the British Comedy Awards.

    British Blogs

  • Having contributed to over 300 programs such as Blue Peter, Tomorrow's World, Blakes 7 and


  • Replace 'Blue Peter' with 'White, Middle Class Peter' speech given by a Conservative Libertarian by the name of Sean Gabb.

    Army Rumour Service

  • "Blue Peter," he said, looking him in the face, "I took it as a mark o 'yer freen'ship' at ye never spak the word to me.


  • Regardless, it was a stark blow to the value-system of Britain, and a slew of complaints saw the producer in question immediately nailed to a massive cross in the Blue Peter garden.

    Grace Dent's TV OD: Luther and Falling Skies


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