take the checkered flag

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take the checkered flag

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