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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
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Will Texas pass a "red flag" law to remove guns from people who are deemed dangerous?
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.
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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.
If you are deleting your emails - either to her or from her - then that's a red flag, as deleting e-mails would mean that you are covering up something.
He eased off and his lead narrowed but on lap 17, still more than three seconds in front, the red flags came out again due to the rainand a result was declared.
The entire meeting was geared toward gathering definitive answers for trade creditors still uncertain about how the "Red Flags" Rules apply to them.
The original rule would have required certain businesses or organizations to implement a written identity theft prevention program designed to detect the warning signs, or "red flags," of identity theft that may occur in that organization's daily operations.
31 before the Federal Trade Commission is set to begin enforcing the Red Flags rule.
Beginning December 31, the Red Flags Rule, which will be enforced by the FTC, the National Credit Union Administration and a host of other federal bank regulators, will require all organizations subject to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 to implement a formal identity theft prevention program.