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run something up

1. Lit. to raise or hoist something, such as a flag. Harry ran the flag up the flagpole each morning. Will you please run up the flag today?
2. Fig. to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities. A rumor about higher earnings ran the price of the computer stocks up early in the afternoon. They ran up the price too high.
3. Fig. to accumulate indebtedness. I ran up a huge phone bill last month. Walter ran up a bar bill at the hotel that made his boss angry.
4. to stitch something together quickly. She's very clever. I'm sure she can run up a costume for you. The seamstress ran up a party dress in one afternoon.
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run up (to someone or something)

to run as far as someone or something and stop; to run to the front of someone or something. I ran up to the mailman and said hello to him. I ran up and said hello.
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run up something

to cause something to reach a high level or large amount Carol ran up a huge phone bill last month, calling the UK and Mexico.
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run something up the flagpole

  (mainly American)
to tell people about an idea in order to see what they think of it Run your suggestion up the flagpole and see what the others say.
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run up

1. Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]
2. Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]
3. Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]
4. Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, "Let's try this out." The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.
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run up

1. To cause some debt to accumulate: Don't run up such a big bill next time you go out to eat! He has been running a large debt up for months.
2. To increase some value: The craze for this company's stock will run up its price. The bidders ran the price up to $100.
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run (something) up the flagpole

To test (a plan, suggestion, draft, or idea) and then measure the response to it.
See also: flagpole, run, up
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The flagpole is equipped with an automatic hoisting system, advanced cameras, a system for measuring wind speed and a lighting system for important occasions.
Key engineered components of the flagpole include a rotating truck slew bearing assembly at its top, and three pendulum-type tuned mass dampers within the pole to suppress the first three modes of cross-wind oscillations.
A warning lighting system for aircrafts and a system for absorbing the vibrations caused by wind speed were also installed, in addition to the adoption of an integrated lighting system for the flagpole, especially during national events.
The proposed flagpole will replace the current 120-metre flagpole at the Union House, which bears the country's second largest flag.
The flagpoles will be inaugurated in a special ceremony to be held at the same time in the three cities where the celebrations will begin with the national anthem, followed by the oath of loyalty, and then the flag-raising ceremony, accompanied by a musical performance by the military musical band of Sharjah Police.
Eventually, he decided on the flagpole at the Senior Center.
The flagpole in the cricket pitch was over thirty feet high
Something tells me the men and women who fought and won a long and brutal war would advise the HSE exactly where to stick its flagpole.
PALMDALE - Kicking off a monthlong series of events to honor Vietnam veterans, a flagpole was dedicated on the grounds outside the Palmdale Playhouse.
Legion cook Rod James discovered the theft yesterday morning when he spotted a flagpole on the pavement in Vaughan Street near the branch entrance.
DISABLED John Gordon has been ordered to remove a flagpole he put up to honour Scots troops in Iraq.
A YOUTH hit a man over the head with a flagpole and punched another, after they pursued him wrongly believing he had stolen a mobile phone.
Town-hall staff in Glynneath hoisted the flag from the official flagpole when the Queen's Mother's death was announced but on the eve of her funeral the mayor, Lindis Pritchard, ordered, "Take it down.
The Queen's flagpole at Buckingham Palace is being spruced up by Keith Lawler in time for her Golden Jubilee.
TALL ORDER: Keith Lawler at work on the 50ft flagpole at Buckingham Palace