half-mast

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half-mast (uncountable)

  1. The lowered position, half the height of a mast, at which a flag is flown when mourning, especially expressing respect for the dead.
  2. (by extension) The lowered position of any thing.
  3. (euphemistic, of a man) The state of being partially erect
    • 2009, Stephen Cannell, At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession, Vanguard Press (ISBN 9780786746743), page 227
      Finally, he was at half-mast, hanging out over the toilet seat, barely erect.

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