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red flag

A sign or signal indicating potential, incipient, or imminent danger or trouble. There are a couple of red flags you need to look out for to make sure your company stays in the black. Well, it definitely raised a red flag when he got so angry at me over such a minor thing, but I never thought he could be so unreasonable to live with!
See also: flag, red

a red flag

mainly AMERICAN
You call something that gives a warning of a bad or dangerous situation or event a a red flag. These are devices that are necessary components of nuclear weapons, and clearly that has raised a red flag in the minds of a lot of people. Cholesterol was the red flag that alerted millions of Americans to the fact that diet really does matter. Compare with a red flag before a bull.
See also: flag, red
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It appears from Table 16 that the age and academic background variables were not significant at 5% in relation to any group of attributes of red flag characteristics.
And, the most qualified candidates will probably bolt if they spot a red flag during an interview (unlike my younger self).
Not every claim involves fraud, but there are some red flags that could indicate a claim is at least worth a closer look.
In the initial RED FLAG, back in the mid-1970s, rules for conducting the exercise had not been developed.
Participating in exercises like Red Flag gives Erlandsen the opportunity to do just that--grab his tools to help fix the F-16s he has lovingly worked on for the past 29 years.
General Al-Ruwaili concluded his tour by visiting the building of Command of the red flag and the offices of the Royal Saudi Air Force group participating in the exercise and toured the facilities of the Group's Command.
Kvitka further advised that the red flag regulations will apply to those firms that are required to be registered under the Advisers Act who also meet the definition of "financial institution" or "creditor" under the FCRA, and who maintain or offer "covered accounts.
2m) into Red Flag to cover its current losses and its future development.
5m of the investment made by Begbies Traynor in the business to date, together with a future share of any trading profits of Red Flag Alert.
Millions of dollars of an organization's fraud losses could be saved by training employees to recognize the common fraudster characteristics and red flags.
Commission will begin enforcement of its Red Flags Rule Dec.
Red Flag, one of the most reputed air force exercises in the world, has been held periodically in USA since 1975.
The reference expands on some of the material outlined in the first Red Flags and provides advice on appropriate investigations and a strong clinical focus with the inclusion of multiple case histories of patients with serious pathology of the spine.
Bedard indicates that one red flag was found in 83% of the audits examined, and that the average for their sample was 3.
The Red Flag Alert has been used as an internal resource for the past five years by Begbies which specialises in insolvencies and includes a Liverpool office in Old Hall Street.