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.
Flags in all official institutions and administrations will be flown at half-mast throughout this period.
Malacanang has ordered the Philippine flag to be flown at half-mast across the country on Sunday to mourn the passing of National Artist for Architecture Francisco 'Bobby' Manosa.
Cotabato City schools asked to fly flags at half-mast for mall blast victims !-- -- John Unson (philstar.com) - January 6, 2019 - 2:02pm COTABATO CITY, Philippines The mayor of Cotabato City on Sunday asked school officials to raise the Philippine flag in campuses at half-mast for five days in sympathy with the victims of the December 31 bombing in a shopping mall in the city.
John Kennedy (R-La.) urged Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to fly the flags at state buildings in Louisiana at half-mast Friday to honor the late Rev.
When a flag flies at half-mast on a flag pole, it is a sign of respect for somebody who has passed on, usually somebody who is of great importance to a country or group of people.
The flag is also at half-mast for the funerals of members of the Royal Family, foreign rulers, and Prime Ministers - and "any other occasion where Her Majesty has given special command".
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Flags were flied at half-mast at countries' consulate generals, located in ystanbul on Wednesday to protest the terrorist attacks, which were occurred on Tuesday in Belgium's Brussels Zaventem Airport and subway station.
Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, criticised the Welsh Government after it flew flags at half-mast following the death of Saudi King Abdullah back in January, calling it a "gutless disgrace".
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.
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.