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"half-mast" in British English

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half-mastnoun

uk   /ˌhɑːfˈmɑːst/ us   /ˌhæfˈmæst/ US also half-staff
at half-mast
A flag that is at half mast has been brought down to a point halfway down the pole as an expression of sadness at someone's death: The flags at Buckingham Palace were all flying at half-mast.
(Definition of half-mast from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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half-mastnoun [U]

/ˈhæfˈmæst/
the position half the way down a pole to which a flag is moved to show respect for someone who has died: The flags were at half-mast all week.
(Definition of half-mast from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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