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under the banner of something

using the support or protection of a belief or idea They're part of a group that goes under the banner Youth Against Crime.
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under the banner of something

if you do something under the banner of a belief or idea, you say that you are doing it in order to support that belief or idea The pro-lifers are campaigning under the banner of traditional family values.
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It had never been given me to see such deadly accuracy of aim, and it seemed as though a little figure on one of the craft dropped at the explosion of each bullet, while the banners and upper works dissolved in spurts of flame as the irresistible projectiles of our warriors mowed through them.
Where this green and flowery splendor terminated, the shaft of the Maypole was stained with the seven brilliant hues of the banner at its top.
There he was, over the shoulders of the crowd, from the two glittering epaulets and embroidered collar upward, beneath the arch of green boughs with intertwined laurel, and the banner drooping as if to shade his brow
Suppose I admit, for a moment, the possibility of breaking your word, and evading the treaty -- such a thing sometimes happens, but that is when some great interest is to be promoted by it, or when the treaty is found to be too troublesome -- well, you will authorize the engagement asked of you: France -- her banner, which is the same thing -- will cross the Straits and will fight; France will be conquered.
Reuben remembered how the little banner had fluttered on that topmost bough, when it was green and lovely, eighteen years before.
Bartholomew's Massacre, and they saw the slaughter that followed; later they saw the Reign of Terror, the carnage of the Revolution, the overthrow of a king, the coronation of two Napoleons, the christening of the young prince that lords it over a regiment of servants in the Tuileries to-day--and they may possibly continue to stand there until they see the Napoleon dynasty swept away and the banners of a great republic floating above its ruins.
Today he fights beneath the banner of one master, tomorrow beneath that of another.
A carefully prepared crisis was reached in the last line of the last verse, where the singer threw out her arms and cried, "The star-spangled banner.
Their dishonoured representative was driving up from the railway station in a coach- and-four, with music and a banner.
Archers from the New Forest and the Forest of Bere, billmen from the pleasant country which is watered by the Stour, the Avon, and the Itchen, young cavaliers from the ancient Hampshire houses, all were pushing for Christchurch to take service under the banner of the five scarlet roses.
As for the Yankees, they had no other ambition than to take possession of this new continent of the sky, and to plant upon the summit of its highest elevation the star- spangled banner of the United States of America.
At the thame time,' said Sleary, 'I mutht put in my word, Thquire, tho that both thides of the banner may be equally theen.
Presently there was a distant blare of military music; it came nearer, still nearer, and soon a noble cavalcade wound into view, glorious with plumed helmets and flashing mail and flaunting banners and rich doublets and horse-cloths and gilded spear- heads; and through the muck and swine, and naked brats, and joyous dogs, and shabby huts, it took its gallant way, and in its wake we followed.
Looking back at the old town, with its one steep street climbing the white face of the chalk hill, I remembered what wonderful exotic women Thomas Hardy had found eating their hearts out behind the windows of dull country high streets, through which hung waving no banners of romance, outwardly as unpromising of adventure as the windows of the town I had left.
The crowd swayed back, the banners and flags wavered, disappeared an instant, then reappeared in tatters.