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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FLAG, n.2 Also flaag (Sh.). A large, clumsy, slovenly woman (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., flaag; 1908 Jak. (1928), flag).Abd. c.1840 Kempy Kay in Child Ballads V. 213:
Win up, win up, my ae foul flag.

[O.Sc. flag, an abusive term for a woman, c.1500, of uncertain orig. The Sh. forms may be a specialised usage of Flag, n.3]

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