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flag down

To wave one's arms to attract someone's attention, usually to get them to stop moving. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flag" and "down." I was finally able to flag down a passing motorist to help with our stalled car. It'll take awhile to flag a taxi down. Why don't we just walk to the museum?
See also: down, flag

flag someone or something down

to signal or wave, indicating that someone should stop. Please go out and flag a taxi down. I'll be right out. She went to flag down a taxi.
See also: down, flag

flag down

Signal to stop, as in The police were flagging down all cars. This expression uses the verb flag in the sense of "catch the attention of, as by waving a flag," a usage dating from the mid-1800s; down was added in the first half of the 1900s.
See also: down, flag

flag down

v.
To signal something or someone to stop: I flagged down a taxi when it started raining. When we ran out of gas, we flagged the police officer down to ask for help.
See also: down, flag
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City licensing chiefs are urging people to pre-book private hire cars wherever possible and to never flag down a car in the street, unless it is a black cab.
Two uninjured passengers were able to flag down a passing motorist.
Her mother, Jane O'Sullivan, aged 30, from Markyate Hertfordshire, had already fled the car with her two-year-old son Charlie and was desperately trying to flag down passing cars on the southbound carriageway of the motorway near Corley Services.
He managed to get off the freeway and flag down paramedics near the intersection of Devonshire and Balboa, was taken to a hospital, treated and released.
Maganes was in a tricycle along the Asingan-Villasis Road, intending to flag down a bus for Dagupan, when he heard three gunshots at the back of the vehicle.
I asked my friend to wait a moment, and then I went over, hauled the flag down, folded it carefully, and put it under my arm.
While yellow airport taxis are readily available in the NAIA arrival area, commuters prefer the regular taxis with a flag down rate of P30, resulting in long lines in the departure area, the only area where they were previously allowed.
AFTER being met with protests from cab drivers and operators, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the implementation of its March 8 order that permanently reduced the taxi flag down rate.
Riders might need to flag down the drivers, who will be unfamiliar with the routes, McNamara said.
Taxi drivers here have started their silent protest over the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reduce the flag down rate by P10 to just P30, amid the rising fuel prices.
What has happened to the practice of taking the flag down at night and putting it back up in the morning?
Photo: Jason Watkins of Cal State Northridge is unable to flag down a line drive during the Matadors' game with Washington State on Sunday.