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What do the terms hoist and fly mean when describing a flag?
Hoist and fly refer to the measurements of a flag. The hoist of a flag is the measurement of the side which is affixed to the halyard (rope). The fly of the flag is the measurement of the flag when extended perpendicular to the mast (flagpole). You could use the terms length and width, but hoist and fly are more descriptive and accurate.