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run (something) up the flagpole

To test out an idea in order to gauge interest or gain feedback. Run your idea up the flagpole before you pitch it to the boss, so that you don't make a fool of yourself.
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run something up

 
1. Lit. to raise or hoist something, such as a flag. Harry ran the flag up the flagpole each morning. Will you please run up the flag today?
2. Fig. to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities. A rumor about higher earnings ran the price of the computer stocks up early in the afternoon. They ran up the price too high.
3. Fig. to accumulate indebtedness. I ran up a huge phone bill last month. Walter ran up a bar bill at the hotel that made his boss angry.
4. to stitch something together quickly. She's very clever. I'm sure she can run up a costume for you. The seamstress ran up a party dress in one afternoon.
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run up (to someone or something)

to run as far as someone or something and stop; to run to the front of someone or something. I ran up to the mailman and said hello to him. I ran up and said hello.
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run up

1. Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]
2. Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]
3. Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]
4. Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, "Let's try this out." The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.
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run something up the flagpole

If you run an idea up the flagpole, you suggest it to people in order to find out what they think of it. That's a great idea. Let's run it up the flagpole and see what happens. Note: If you run a flag up a flagpole, you pull it to the top using the rope attached to the side of the flagpole.
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run something up the flagpole

test the popularity of a new idea or proposal.
The idea behind this expression is of hoisting a particular flag to see if it provokes the positive response of a salute.
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run up

v.
1. To cause some debt to accumulate: Don't run up such a big bill next time you go out to eat! He has been running a large debt up for months.
2. To increase some value: The craze for this company's stock will run up its price. The bidders ran the price up to $100.
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run (something) up the flagpole

Slang
To test (a plan, suggestion, draft, or idea) and then measure the response to it.
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The circular metal bit atop the flagpole should be white and must be proportionate to the size of the flagpole.
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2, Owens' request to keep the flagpole was turned down by the committee, and she was ordered to ``remove the flagpole from your yard at once.
Mr Elis Thomas had argued that protocol did not allow him to break from rules that stated the three flagpoles outside the building should be used for the Welsh, Union and European flags.
There seems to be a copycat break-out of tall flagpoles in Coventry, all without planning permission and all replacing smaller flagpoles.
After all, other flagpoles already adorn the summit of the cinder cone, owned by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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Its trees are still too young to be called a forest, but Steiner has decorated the site with flagpoles to fly the Star Spangled Banner and the POW/MIA flag.
historical locations as well as the extrusion process used to create flagpoles.
the memorial will consist of a 40~ diameter concrete pad with a center focal point and 6 lighted flagpoles placed behind the pad to display the 5 branches of service and the american flag.
Once completed, the pole will be one of the country's tallest flagpoles, and seventh tallest in the world.
As part of the celebrations of the 42nd UAE National Day, three giant flagpoles, stretching 75 metres high, were installed at Kalba, Al Dhaid and Dibbah Al Hisn on Monday.
Harrison External Display Systems supplied and installed flagpoles for the Olympic Stadium, including the three seven metre fan assisted poles used to hoist the winning countries' flags during the medal presentation ceremonies.