Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

flag something up

flag sth
Meaning(s)
1) draw attention to something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • flag an issue/email/concern
  • Analysis
    When you ‘flag something’ it means to bring something to the attention of others or to emphasize its importance. You can ‘flag an issue’ or ‘flag something’ of concern. Similar phrases are ‘raise an issue’ or ‘bring to your attention’. This can sometimes be used as a polite way of reminding someone of something: “I’d like to flag that your account is overdue.” This is a phrasal verb more likely used in professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The teenage footballer was flagged by his youth coaches as a potential star of the future. They predict that it won't be long before he really hits the big time.
    2. There was a strange man creeping around your house earlier today. I just thought I'd flag it with you, it seemed like he was up to no good.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The Manager asked her staff to flag any issues they came across while installing the new software. She felt that it was imperative every problem was identified and dealt with at an early stage.
    2. I have a number of concerns about the current direction of the company that I wish to flag, so can I schedule a meeting with the Board sometime this week?
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