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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]
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The flag only flies at half mast for members of the Royal family, or councillors and former mayors.
But the latest decision to fly flags at half mast will apply only to the first anniversary of Diana's death.
The Royal Standard never flies at half mast signifying a monarchy is still ruling.
#AsmaJehangir a state funeral and allowing the Sindh Government to fly the national flag at half mast out of respect for her matchless contributions and unwavering principles #StateFuneralForAsmaJehangir
New Delhi, Aug.14 ( ANI ): The Government of India on Tuesday announced that the national flag would be flown at half mast as mark of respect for Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who passed away in Chennai at the age of 67.
Middlesbrough's civic flag was being flown at half mast from the Town Hall today in memory of a shipping tragedy.
A flag was flying at half mast at King Henry VIII school in Warwick Road, Coventry, yesterday in memory of Lindsay.
``We were going to take it down afterwards but when Ronald Reagan died on June 5, we decided to leave it at half mast for another week.''