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flag down

To wave one's arms to attract someone's attention, usually to get them to stop moving. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flag" and "down." I was finally able to flag down a passing motorist to help with our stalled car. It'll take awhile to flag a taxi down. Why don't we just walk to the museum?
See also: down, flag

flag someone or something down

to signal or wave, indicating that someone should stop. Please go out and flag a taxi down. I'll be right out. She went to flag down a taxi.
See also: down, flag

flag down

Signal to stop, as in The police were flagging down all cars. This expression uses the verb flag in the sense of "catch the attention of, as by waving a flag," a usage dating from the mid-1800s; down was added in the first half of the 1900s.
See also: down, flag

flag down

v.
To signal something or someone to stop: I flagged down a taxi when it started raining. When we ran out of gas, we flagged the police officer down to ask for help.
See also: down, flag
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50pm on Wednesday, when he was flagged down by a male in a group of three.
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They then flagged down police and gave the details which led to Keough's arrest.
He then flagged down a passing police car which means the offender was quickly arrested and in police custody.
The deputy flagged down by the private citizen summoned additional deputies, who surrounded the area and searched for the burglars.
Investigators tracked down Williams after he pulled off to the side of the road and flagged down passing motorists.
A search for an assault victim was halted today as police quizzed a blood-stained woman who flagged down a car and said she had attacked someone.
A thief who flagged down a police car and gave a roadside confession has been jailed for a year.
Four British citizens and another Iraqinational travelling in the convoy got out, flagged down a passing Iraqi vehicle and drove away.
The travel agent told how she fought for her life with the mystery gunman who had flagged down their camper van.
Stephanie Hammill, aged 20, of Wakefield, flagged down what she thought was a taxi with her boyfriend in the early hours of Saturday morning, said a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police.
Stephanie Hammill, 20,of Wakefield, flagged down what she thought was a taxi with her boyfriend in the early hours of Saturday morning in Balne Lane, said a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police yesterday.
We particularly want to speak to the motorist who was flagged down.
The tricycle driver was not hurt, but Maganes said he flagged down another tricycle to bring him to a hospital.