half-mast : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress

  • Flags in Atlanta began flying at half-mast shortly after the news was circulated of her passing.
  • The public's reaction to such gaffes as the family's retreating behind the doors of Balmoral and the Queen's refusal to break with protocol and fly a flag at half-mastor at all .
  • In every ball park, flags drooped at half-mast.
News & Articles

  • Flags at half-mast honor fallen New Yorkers
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings—including those at UB—be flown at half-mast on June 14 in honor of three New Yorkers who died in Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan, on June 8.
    June 13, 2013 - UB Reporter

  • Pervez Musharraf in Bloomberg
    We will fly the Pakistan flag at half-mast in her honor,Musharraf said in his condolence message televised on state-run Pakistan Television. "Terrorists are the greatest threat to Pakistan and we won't rest till we defeat terrorism."
  • Lansana Conte in The Age
    Souare decreed 40 days of national mourning for Conte, saying: "Flags will be flown at half-mast and the programme for the state funeral will be announced later."

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