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English definition of “half-mast”

half-mast

noun     /ˌhɑːfˈmɑːst/ US  /ˌhæfˈmæst/ (US also half-staff)
at half-mast describes a flag that has been brought down to a point half the way down the pole as an expression of sadness at someone's death : The palace flags were all flying at half-mast.Flags
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