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Flag of Distress

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A card at one’s window announcing “lodgings” or “board and lodgings.” The allusion is evident. A flag reversed, hoisted with the union downwards.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Fixed Stars
Fixt (The)
Flaccus
Flag. (Danish, flag.)
Flag, Flags
Flag Lieutenant (A)
Flag-officer
Flag-ship
Flag Signals
Flag’s Down (The)
Flag of Distress
Flagellants
Flam
Flamberge or Floberge
Flamboyant Architecture
Flame
Flaming
Flaming Swords
Flaminian Way
Flanders (Moll)
Flanders Babies