Getting into a flap

What does "Getting into a flap" mean?

Today it means: Excited confision, panicing.

The "flap" refers to the flapping of signal flags which were in common use in Navies to send messages between ships. When getting ready for sea in a hurry the appropriate flags would be hoisted and everyone would be rushing around doing their tasks and getting ready. Scapa Flow in Scotland where a large Royal Navy fleet would be anchored was know as "Flappa Flow".

See also: There's a flap on   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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