This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

Last updated at 11:00 GMT, Thursday, 21 November 2013

To flag up

Bunting

Bunting is a common sight at celebrations in the UK. Photo: Laurence Coss/ BBC

Today's Phrase

To flag something up is to emphasise its importance, or to mention it so that others know about it.

Examples:

At the meeting Martin flagged up the issue of late payments. He said that we hadn't paid our suppliers for three months.

There are a couple of points that I'd like to flag up today: one is the increasing number of customer complaints and the other is the problem with our computer system.

Take note

If you are flagging, it means you are becoming weaker and running out of energy.

Example:

I worked really hard from 7am until lunch, but after lunch I was really flagging!

Interesting fact

The colourful triangular flags in the picture are called 'bunting', and are often seen at street parties and weddings in the UK. The flags have a long history in the UK, though they have seen a particular return to popularity after the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

Recent phrases

Previous phrases