at half-mast meaning
- [American idiom]
halfway up or down. (Primarily referring to flags. Can be used for things other than flags as a joke.)
• The flag was flying at half-mast because the general had died.
• Americans fly flags at half-mast on Memorial Day.
• The little boy ran out of the house with his pants at half-mast.
[of a flag] halfway up or down its flagpole.
The f lag was f lying at half-mast because the general had died.
Americans f ly f lags at halfstaff on Memorial Day.