at half mast
   with trouser zip undone
   Referring to a flag incorrectly hoisted, except in mourning. The phrase is used as a coded message from one male to another in mixed company.

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  • at half mast — at ˌhalf ˈmast idiom (of a flag) flown at the middle of the ↑mast as a sign of respect for a person who has just died • Flags were flown at half mast on the day of his funeral. Main entry: ↑half mastidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • at half-mast — phrase a flag that is at half mast has been lowered to the middle of a pole, often in order to show respect for someone who has died Thesaurus: flagshyponym Main entry: half mast …   Useful english dictionary

  • at half mast — ► at half mast 1) (of a flag) flown halfway down its mast, as a mark of respect for a person who has died. 2) humorous (of clothing) in a lower position than normal. Main Entry: ↑half …   English terms dictionary

  • at half mast — {prep. phr.} Halfway up or down; referring primarily to flagposts, but may be used jokingly. * /When a president of the United States dies, all flags are flown at half mast./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at half mast — {prep. phr.} Halfway up or down; referring primarily to flagposts, but may be used jokingly. * /When a president of the United States dies, all flags are flown at half mast./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at\ half\ mast — prep. phr. Halfway up or down; referring primarily to flagposts, but may be used jokingly. When a president of the United States dies, all flags are flown at half mast …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at half-mast — a flag that is at half mast has been lowered to the middle of a pole, often in order to show respect for someone who has died …   English dictionary

  • at half mast — at a position halfway below the top of a mast of a ship (of a sail); halfway down a flagpole to signify respect for the dead (of a flag) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • be at half-mast — British, humorous if someone s trousers are at half mast, they are too short. His hair was dirty and his trousers at half mast …   New idioms dictionary

  • flag at half mast — flag flying halfway down a flagpole as a sign of mourning …   English contemporary dictionary

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