run up the flagpole

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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.
See also: flagpole, run, up

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