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.
urged Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to fly the flags at state buildings in Louisiana at half-mast Friday to honor the late Rev.
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.
TOWN hall flags flew at half-mast as Kirklees Council joined the international condemnation and condolence of the Paris terror attacks.
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.
In these painful circumstances, His Majesty the King, may God assist him, has given his high instructions that the national flag be flown at half-mast for three days in governmental building, administrations and public squares, as well as in the Kingdom's embassies and consulates abroad", the source went on.
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.