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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.
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show the flag

(of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength.
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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
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I think the Territory is still up there and showing the flag.
I've heard of showing the flag, but never actually eating it," said one startled guest at the celebrity-packed party in Dublin Castle.
In recent years, the IRIN has taken the first steps toward becoming a small seagoing navy capable of "out of area" operations, such as: (1) showing the flag far from Iran's shores; (2) establishing a maritime forward line of defense and bases of operation well beyond the Strait of Hormuz; (3) patrolling Iran's sea lines of communication; and (4) providing an additional layer of connectivity in an emerging, dispersed global network of strategic "partners" and "places" (i.
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Sick as a parrot at all this rubbish, Keep Britain Tidy has unveiled a series of posters showing the flag of St George strewn with pizza boxes, chip papers and drinks cans.
I tend to agree with Iwan Thomas's ``mixed emotions'' although some might say that showing the flag and taking part is as important as winning medals.