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flagpole (n.)

also flag-pole, 1782, from flag (n.1) + pole (n.1). Flagpole-sitting as a craze is attested from 1927.

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Definitions of flagpole

flagpole (n.)
surveying instrument consisting of a straight rod painted in bands of alternate red and white each one foot wide; used for sightings by surveyors;
Synonyms: range pole / ranging pole
flagpole (n.)
a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised;
Synonyms: flagstaff
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