red flag

(redirected from Red Flags)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

red flag

A sign or signal indicating potential, incipient, or imminent danger or trouble. There are a couple of red flags you need to look out for to make sure your company stays in the black. Well, it definitely raised a red flag when he got so angry at me over such a minor thing, but I never thought he could be so unreasonable to live with!
See also: flag, red

a red flag

mainly AMERICAN
You call something that gives a warning of a bad or dangerous situation or event a a red flag. These are devices that are necessary components of nuclear weapons, and clearly that has raised a red flag in the minds of a lot of people. Cholesterol was the red flag that alerted millions of Americans to the fact that diet really does matter. Compare with a red flag before a bull.
See also: flag, red
References in periodicals archive ?
Here are some of the red flags to watch out for when choosing a spouse:
Studies by Murcia, Borba and Schiehll (2008), and by Reina, Nascimento and Reina (2008) discuss red flags to detect fraud in financial statements, and the role of independent auditors, responsible for issuing the auditing report on financial statements, in minimizing these occurrences.
Here are my top employer red flags, how credit unions can avoid raising them when interviewing candidates, and what candidates can do if they spot one while sitting in the interview hot seat.
Some related red flags include the insured purchasing insurance from an agent who is located far from where the insured lives or works, if the policy coverages seem unusual for the age and model of the car, or if the loss date is near the beginning or end of a policy period.
Cahill's guide cuts to the chase by pointing out seventeen potential "Condo Red Flags.
Fraud Prevention and Detection: Warning Signs and the Red Flag System
As part of its red flag policy program, the firm will be required to appropriately respond to identity theft red flags, which could include monitoring a covered account for evidence of identity theft and notifying law enforcement when appropriate.
The more changes in employees' behavior demonstrating the characteristics and red flags discussed here, the greater the likelihood the changes are related to fraudulent behavior.
13 NHBR), Dan's small engine repair shop was the type of business to which the red flags rule would apply.
31 before the Federal Trade Commission is set to begin enforcing the Red Flags rule.
The Red Flags Rule defines a creditor as any entity with covered accounts that regularly extends, renews or continues credit; any entity that regularly arranges for the extension, renewal or continuation of credit; or any assignee of an original creditor that is involved in the decision to extend, renew or continue credit.
The Red Flags Rule was developed under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, in which Congress directed the FTC and other agencies to develop regulations requiring "creditors" and "financial institutions" to address the risk of identity theft.
The Red Flags rule requires businesses and organizations that handle consumers' personal data to create written plans and policies to prevent and detect consumer identity theft.
suspicious circumstances or documentation that suggest possible identity theft by a customer or patient--and must also develop procedures for responding to any red flags.
The reference expands on some of the material outlined in the first Red Flags and provides advice on appropriate investigations and a strong clinical focus with the inclusion of multiple case histories of patients with serious pathology of the spine.