fly the flag

fly/show/wave the flag

to support or to represent your country (often + for ) In the absence of any other Italian film directors, Mr Infascelli bravely flew the flag for his country.
See also: flag, fly
References in classic literature ?
There--if that speech moves you any, let's fly the flag of truce, with the understanding that I am conquered and confess it.
The Health and Safety Executive said: "Drivers need to have good all-round visibility but with a bit of common sense it should be fine for fans to fly the flag.
Bootle born Dougherty - due off again at 6pm tonight British time - says he wants to fly the flag for Britain in American tournaments after posting a two under par score in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
Kirklees Council's new Tory-led regime led the way last month when they pledged to fly the flag above civic buildings on match days.
WITH the World Cup starting today, the British Motorcyclists Federation and the RAC Foundation have joined forces to encourage motorists who feel they have to fly the flag to do so safely.
Cleveland Fire Authority will fly the flag for England.
I know that they will fly the flag for Wales this summer and contribute hugely to Team GB.
We were proud to fly the flag for the lads playing football for us.
After weeks of public pressure and a 700-name petition criticising the town council's refusal to fly the flag of the United Kingdom, councillors have finally backed down.
It's important to observe Flag Day, and to fly the flag and to retire it properly.
Branson said yesterday: "Someone's got to fly the flag and many have said it ought to be us.
Respondents in households with mid-to-higher income levels feel more patriotic when they fly the flag (20% more likely) while lower-income households are 60% more likely to feel most patriotic watching fireworks.
Flying the flag FLY the flag on your holidays with a weekender bag.
I should be able to fly the flag of my country whenever I want.
So I could fly the flag of Iraq or Afghanistan but not the Army flag.