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 Flag’s Down (The).Flagel’lants. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Flag of Distress.
 
A card at one’s window announcing “lodgings” or “board and lodgings.” The allusion is evident. A flag reversed, hoisted with the union downwards.   1
 


 Flag’s Down (The).Flagel’lants. 

 
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