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Difference between Dip the flag and Drop the flag

dip the flag —(of a ship) give a salute to another ship by making the flag go down for a moment and then up again:

  • Today, “dipping the flag” is an act of courtesy; men-of-war do not do it to one another.

drop the flag

1. (Sport) indicate the start or finish of a race using a flag:

  • When the first horse reaches the winning post, one of the judges there drops a flag.

2. give the signal for the start or finish of smth:

  • It would be a great help to the leader of a future expedition in making up his mind when to “drop the flag.”