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fly the flag

To stand up for, support, or defend someone or something. A number of people from the actor's hometown are coming to New York to fly 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 flying the flag for it.
See also: flag, fly

fly the flag

COMMON
1. If you fly the flag for your country or a group to which you belong, you represent it or do something to support it. I would love to fly the flag for Britain and win the Eurovision Song Contest. Note: Verbs such as carry, show or wave are sometimes used instead of fly. The Kuwaiti team said they were only in Peking to show the flag. He believed in the sacred power of great music: he felt that he was carrying the flag of high culture.
2. If you fly the flag for something, you support it and praise it. Wragg was left to fly the flag for state education. Note: Verbs such as carry, show or wave are sometimes used instead of fly. I think it's important that we wave the flag for the arts.
See also: flag, fly

fly the flag

1 (of a ship) be registered to a particular country and sail under its flag. 2 represent or demonstrate support for your country, political party, or organization, especially when you are abroad.
In sense 2, the forms show the flag , carry the flag , and wave the flag are also found.
2 1996 Hello! She flew the flag for British tennis in the Eighties.
See also: flag, fly

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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Given all that, perhaps Ms Singh would be good enough to enlighten us as to who exactly is attempting to prevent her flying her flag and causing her to take her heroic stance in flying the flag both 'loud and proud' as she puts it.
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BUSINESS WIRE)--June 9, 1998--California Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jay Vargas today announced that a recently enacted federal law provides guidance on flying the flag symbolizing prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA).
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It is a poor state of affairs if people cannot support their own country by flying the flag of our nation at the present time.
The RAC Foundation says it believes that flying the flag can enhance road safety by giving drivers a sense of pride in themselves, their vehicle and their country.
The RAC Foundation believes that flying the flag can enhance road safety by giving drivers a sense of pride in themselves, their vehicle and their country The feel-good factor of getting behind the national team can also reduce road rage - there is evidence that flag-fliers let other flag-fliers pull out, and are more forgiving if they make a mistake.
It shouldn't be this way but Tesco banned its drivers from flying the flag of St George and was later forced to backtrack and apologise.
Far from being dangerous, drivers who are flying the flag for England at Euro 2004 are enhancing safety and helping reduce road rage, according to one leading motoring organisation.
Mayor Dave Weaver said it is too difficult to try to determine whether flying the flag is an advertisement covered by the ordinance or a show of American pride.
FOOTBALL fan Andy Munro is flying the flag for England's veterans when he leads a team in the Masters World Cup.
Summary: Taio Cruz and Sade are flying the flag for the Brits at this year's American Music Awards.