There's a flap on

What does "There's a flap on" mean?

Today it means: Rush job, hurry up, in a hurry.

The "flap" refers to the sound made by signal flags used in Navies to send messages between ships. When preparing for battle of to put to sea, the appropriate flags would be raised and crew would rush about. However, not all crew are "on watch" (off duty) and so might be told that "there's a flap on" when asking "what's going on?".

See also: Getting into a flap   

By SailingQuiz February 2020   Category: Nautical Saying              



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