keep the flag flying

keep the flag flying

To stand up for, support, or defend someone or something. The senator has been keeping the flag flying for this issue for years, and it is finally starting to pick up steam. My country is often a target for insults or gibes abroad, so whenever I go traveling I make a point of keep the flag flying for it.
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keep the flag flying

If you keep the flag flying, you do something to show your support for a group to which you belong, or to show your support for something that you agree with. Meghan Delahunt is keeping the flag flying for Scotland in the Best First Book category. It's important that artists keep the flag of tolerance flying.
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keep the flag flying

1 represent your country or organization, especially when abroad. 2 show continued commitment to something, especially in the face of adversity.
This expression comes from the practice in naval warfare of lowering the flag on a defeated ship to signify a wish to surrender.
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keep the ˈflag flying

continue to support an idea, a principle, an activity, etc. which is in danger of disappearing: They try to keep the flag flying in the British film industry.There are only two of us left now to keep the flag flying.
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References in classic literature ?
The New York police was speedily hard at work, and a foolish contest in full swing between impassioned citizens resolved to keep the flag flying, and irritated and worried officers instructed to pull it down.
The government in any part of the world has never been that supportive of literary pursuits, as this is the very struggle of writers and poets who keep the flag flying high, as far as the creation of any form of literature is concerned, he said.
I'll do my best to keep the flag flying this weekend.
The seniors should hold their nerve to keep the flag flying for another week at least.
MILLHOUSE FC turned in a superb away-day performance to beat Adswood United in the Cheshire FA Cup to keep the flag flying for the Wallasey & District League.
Sophie has done such a great job and I want to keep the flag flying for Wales.
While the turf action rather spluttered into life before arresting again due to the weather, Lingfield will keep the flag flying on the all-weather surface.
Obviously it's sad to see her career come to an end, but we hope we've got a replacement to keep the flag flying in Diesel Elsie, who has some really good Irish form and has just finished her qualifying trials.
Now it's down to Chelsea, who take on Copenhagen in Denmark tomorrow, and Manchester United, who head to France to face Marseille on Wednesday, to keep the flag flying high.
Gosden and Buick can keep the flag flying with Nationalism (4.
Andrew Miller MP; Can Vauxhall keep the flag flying for Britain - or could the country's two plants be genuinely forced to close?
And keep the flag flying for them, our own Red, White and Blue.
The under-eights failed to keep the flag flying losing 11-10 to Nantyffyllon.
TWO minutes after the interval it looked as if Scunthorpe were going to keep the flag flying after their great start to the season.