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- proper n. The flag of Great Britain or the United Kingdom.
- proper n. The flag flown on ships of the government of Great Britain or the United Kingdom.
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So, even after we'd licked them, and gained a trade foothold in the Treaty Ports, they continued as arrogant as ever, and finally over-stepped the mark in '56, boarding the British ship Arrow (though whether she was entitled to fly the Union Flag was debatable) and arresting her Chink crew because one of 'em was believed to be a pirate (which some said he wasn't, but one of his relatives might be).