take the chequered flag

take the chequered flag

To finish in first place in an auto racing competition. (Spelled in American English as "take the checkered flag.") Primarily heard in UK. Neck and neck right up until the final moments of the race, photo analysis revealed that it was Steinman who took the chequered flag.
See also: flag, take

take the chequered flag

finish first in a race.
In motor racing a chequered flag is used to signify that the winner has passed the finishing post.
See also: flag, take