at half-mast

at half-mast

Partially raised or lowered. The phrase most often describes a flag that has been lowered to honor a recently-deceased person. After our former president died, flags were at half-mast all across the country. My daughter came home from the park covered in dirt, her ponytail at half-mast.

at half-mast

 and at half-staff
[of a flag] halfway up or down its flagpole. The flag was flying at half-mast because the general had died. Americans fly flags at half-staff on Memorial Day.

at half-mast

Halfway up or down, as in The church bells tolled off and on all day and the flags were at half-mast. This term refers to placing a flag halfway up a ship's mast or flagpole, a practice used as a mark of respect for a person who has died or, at sea, as a distress signal. Occasionally the term is transferred to other objects, as in Tom's pants were at half-mast as he raced around the playground, or The puppy's tail was at half-mast. [First half of 1600s]
References in classic literature ?
The flag was run up at half-mast, and, this being the signal of distress, it was hoped that the American steamer, perceiving it, would change her course a little, so as to succour the pilot-boat.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Foreign countries consulates, along with German consulate, flied their flags at half-mast due to the mourning declared for bloody attacks occurred in Ankara on Saturday.
In the federal capital, national flag was hoisted at half-mast at government buildings including the Presidency, the Prime Ministers House, Parliament House, Supreme Court and.
FLAGS flew at half-mast in Queensgate, Huddersfield, in memory of the French terror attack victims.
British Ambassador Iain Lindsay said the Union Jack flag at the embassy had been lowered to fly at half-mast yesterday.
Summary: Flags were flown at half-mast in Whitehaven to mark the first anniversary of the Derrick Bird shooting spree in Cumbria.
At the college today, flags were flying at half-mast.
FLAGS flew at half-mast in Washington as Barack Obama and his wife Michelle attended a ceremony to remember the six people who died in the Tucson shootings.
ANKARA, Apr 14, 2010 (TUR) -- All Turkish flags in Turkey and representations overseas will be at half-mast on Sunday, April 18, the day when a funeral ceremony will take place for the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
THE flags at Epsom were yesterday flying at half-mast in honour of the late Vincent O'Brien, who will be remembered formally on Investec Derby Day when the bigrace riders will wear black armbands as a mark of respect to the legendary trainer, writes Lee Mottershead.
A spokeswoman for Windsor Castle said: "The flag on the castle was flown at half-mast at the request of the Queen.
MINDLESS thugs have stolen a flag flying at half-mast for a brave firefighter who died after battling a blaze.
I believe Veterans and their families should decide whether the Canadian flag should be lowered at half-mast.
OUTRAGED friends last night condemned a town clerk who refused to fly a flag at half-mast in honour of a Welsh solder killed in Iraq.
THE Royal Family mourned Princess Margaret by flying the Union Jack at half-mast outside Buckingham Palace yesterday.