be at half-mast

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be at half-mast

To be 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. When my daughter came home from the park, she was covered in dirt, and her ponytail was at half-mast.
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A palace spokesman said: "As a special mark of respect, the Queen has said that flags at royal residences should be at half mast.
The Government is following suit and has said all flags on its buildings will be at half mast.