show the flag

show the flag

To stand up for, support, or defend someone or something. A number of people from the actor's hometown are arriving into New York to show the flag at his debut performance on Broadway. My country is often a target for insults or gibes abroad, so whenever I go traveling I make a point of showing the flag for it.
See also: flag, show

show the flag

(of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength.
See also: flag, show

fly/show/wave the ˈflag

show your support for your country, an organization or an idea in order to encourage or persuade others to do the same: This exhibition of Scottish painting is our way of flying the flag. ▶ ˈflag-waving noun the expression of strong national feelings, especially in a way that people disapprove of
See also: flag, fly, show, wave
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He wanted to show the flag for the people hurt in Paris and that was a really nice touch.
The main aim of sending the ships to the Mediterranean is to accomplish the missions set by the navy command, conduct exercises and show the flag," he said.
In the photo above, (left to right) Manhattan Beer salesman Kevin Gallagher, Palm Brewery Owner Jan Toye, Latis San Francisco brand ambassador Colleen McCleod and North East Sales Director Bob Stacy show the flag at the Palm Brewery.
A touch of the old imperial thinking, when we could invade anywhere, show the flag and sort them out.
Are we paying these crews solely to show the flag throughout the world?
I was what's called a "paper" candidate (ie one who stands in order to show the flag, but where the party will not put in any resources: money, people or materials).
GOLDEN GIRL: Paula Radcliffe celebrates her marathon triumph at the World Championships in Helsinki and the British women's 4x400metres relay squad show the flag as they enjoy the moment after securing their bronze medal
Make weekend warriors show the flag where honest residents are afraid for their children and wages.
I STEPPED forward smartly this week to show the flag for Wirral as an early volunteer for Blair's Elite 'The Experience Corps', our leader's new wheeze now that he has solved most of the world's big problems.
simply refused to come his way, it was left to Bjorn and Clarke to show the flag for Europe.
Ulster's unionist parties were urged last night: Show the flag at Stormont and show the bombers they can't win.
Mr Parri, who is in the first year of a Welsh and French degree at Bangor University, said: "The flags will be given out on the condition that they send us a picture to show the flag is being used.
Propaganda: to show the flag, to display Iran's military prowess, and--as senior navy officers have repeatedly emphasized--to demonstrate the futility of efforts to isolate and contain Iran;
To this end, Cirrus will show the flag this year for the first time at the Society of Automotive Engineers exhibition in Detroit in March after Mr Gale has spent much of February in the United States and Mexico feeling out openings.
Although Y Ddraig Goch is not included in it, this was the opportunity to show the flag that represents our nation.