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flag +‎ pole


  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈflæɡˌpoʊl/
  • (file)
several flagpoles with flags


flagpole (plural flagpoles)

  1. A tall pole up which one or more flags may be raised and flown.


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flagpole (third-person singular simple present flagpoles, present participle flagpoling, simple past and past participle flagpoled)

  1. (Canada, rare) Exit a country momentarily and reenter. Usually this is done to satisfy immigration requirements.
    • 2016, Beyhan Farhadi, “Identity and the City: Thinking Through Diversity”, in Jay Pitter, John Lorinc, editor, Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity:
      I understand immigrating to Canada is getting harder and harder. [The difficulty of navigating bureaucracy] might be a way to let people fall between the cracks. I really don't know. The hoops immigrants have to go through, such as flagpoling. And I don't have any political representatives. I didn't vote.
    • 2020 July 30, “Work permit: Who can apply”, in canada.ca[1]:
      You can only apply at the port of entry if you meet all of these conditions:
      • you’re entering Canada from the United States
        • you cannot travel from inside Canada to the port of entry (in other words, you cannot “flagpole”)[...]