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    In the movie "The Family Stone" one of the characters says "the problem is you have a freak flag. You just don't fly it." I don't understand what they are talking about. Can someone help, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcquain View Post
    In the movie "The Family Stone" one of the characters says "the problem is you have a freak flag. You just don't fly it." I don't understand what they are talking about. Can someone help, please?

    Flags are literally used to represent something or to show support of something.

    If you have a "freak flag" it means that you metaphorically have a flag that shows that you're a freak (you're strange, eccentric, weird, unconventional etc.). This can be literally manifested in some eccentric behaviour, mannerisms, etc.

    If you fly a flag, you are displaying the flag. The character says that while the other person has a "freak flag", they do not display it so it's hard to tell that they're "a freak".

    Please note that while "freak" can be used as a derogatory word, it can also be used positively to mean that you're unconventional.

    "to fly a flag (for)" is also used as an idiom to say that you support something.

    PS: your native language is listed as English...?

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    Default Re: freak flag

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    PS: your native language is listed as English...?
    So is mine, but I could only guess at the meaning.
    Last edited by 5jj; 26-Apr-2011 at 19:14. Reason: typo

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