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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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To prevent people trying to flag him down, he travels with a life-size mannequin in the back seat.
Mercedes driver arrested after collision with taxi as police try to flag him down.
He was only saved from impending disaster when stunned truck driver James Dunne phoned police and pulled over in front of him to flag him down.
After the theft, he tried to give chase in a friend's car and even stood in the road trying to flag him down.
POLICE are appealing for information on a man who is alleged to have reversed into a police car which had tried to flag him down in Ash Crescent, Gurnos Estate, Merthyr Tydfil.
When they saw the Dutchman coming in the opposite direction, the British couple tried to flag him down but he didn't stop," Mr Kapnoullas told the court.
He didn't see us trying to flag him down," gushed the announcer.
Father Cesare Burgazzi, 51, said he "floored" his Ford Focus car after he mistook the plainclothes officers for robbers when they tried to flag him down.
Mr Medd tried to give chase in a friend's car and even stood in the road trying to flag him down.
Father Cesare Burgazzi, 51, said he "floored" his Ford Focus car after he mistook the plain clothes officers for robbers when they tried to flag him down.