from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who signals with or carries a flag.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who carries a flag, especially one used for signalling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes signals with a flag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A signal-man on a railway, who makes signals by means of flags.
  • n. A flag-officer; an admiral.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The best way to understand it is, all weapons are banned, you are NOT allowed to defend yourself, you have to wait for a police officer to get off his detail job (mandated for all road work unless you pay a flagman from the governors cousins company more than the cop’s overtime) to come to the “rescue”, with the firefighters that only now have to pass a single drug test.

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  • He tried too and then hastily called the flagman, John Miller.

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  • Later, the division superintendent called the flagman to his office to compliment him on the steadfastness with which he stuck to his story.

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  • There are two more of us; and I don't know but what you'd call the flagman another, and Uncle Joab, and maybe the South-Americans, too.

    This Way to Christmas

  • (whom she knew was called the flagman) as he came down the car with his lantern.

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  • The trail of an 18-year-old man accused of being the "flagman" in a fatal street racing crash in Meadowvale continues today in Brampton court.


  • All of us should strive for a nice CCC or road building flagman job (no offense to the flag men).

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  • Despite the increasing contrivance of the interweaving narrative threads, the movie's most interesting story is that of first-time screenwriter Michael C Martin who was still working as a subway flagman for the transit authority as cameras readied to roll.

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  • If the hood came loose he would have to stop, and if it looked too dangerous, the flagman could drop the black flag on him and force him into the pit for repair.

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  • Here he is, the morning sun starting to heat up the day, the flagman for another motorcycle track day at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, set up with an awning and cooler of cream sodas right by the track.

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