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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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If you require a taxi for a short journey and cabs are sat on the rank or you flag one down and they have their roof lights on they are obliged to take you.
We flag one down to Ladies Beach, five or ten minutes from the cruise terminal and so-called as only ladies were allowed to use it during the Ottoman Empire - not today though, today everyone can enjoy its smooth sand, sparkling sea, ever reliable sunshine and cafef -e-lined promenade.
Stepping outside, I saw a long queue for taxis so I decided to walk along and flag one down.
Next time you need to go on a short journey do not take a taxi from the taxi queue - walk to the road and flag one down.
And when I couldn't get a taxi, a gallant young emerging actor managed to finally flag one down for me.
From Friday onwards, I had been fretting furiously about the Unknown Quantity when it comes to getting a cab: youAEre never sure really if youAEll manage to flag one down.
The iconic London black taxi has already been shipped to Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, while it's possible to flag one down in South Africa and Nigeria.
However he couldn't flag one down without making the thief suspicious.
Bells the Back at sea-level, the old town is small enough to walk around, but for journeys further afield, you've got to try Chiang Mai's unique method of transport - the bright red 'songthaew' trucks that seat about Flag one down and, if it already has passengers, see if they're going in the right direction, then barter until you're happy with the price.
This is not, however, because you need the mind of Stephen Hawking to flag one down, but because many services are so rubbish.
SORRY NOT IN SERVICE Everyday our city buses run to all parts From Wood End to the village of Burbage One of the most popular destinations Is somewhere called "Sorry Not In Service" It's on the front plate of so many buses So it must be a very popular place Yet there is just a driver, foot firmly down And not one single passenger face This strange and mysterious destination Could be a long haul or short hop You can't flag one down or climb aboard For this is a route without a single stop But so many of our buses go there The rest of us don't deserve this If only we had all as many buses As somewhere called "Sorry Not in Service" Rob Summerfield, Carter Road, Stoke Aldermoor.
But because she and other family members were having trouble booking a taxi, her group decided to walk to nearby Tyndall Street and flag one down.
When she was unable to flag one down she decided to start walking home.
Either phone a company and wait for the car to arrive, or simply flag one down in the street.