fly the flag

fly 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 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
References in classic literature ?
There--if that speech moves you any, let's fly the flag of truce, with the understanding that I am conquered and confess it.
The Health and Safety Executive said: "Drivers need to have good all-round visibility but with a bit of common sense it should be fine for fans to fly the flag.
Bootle born Dougherty - due off again at 6pm tonight British time - says he wants to fly the flag for Britain in American tournaments after posting a two under par score in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
Kirklees Council's new Tory-led regime led the way last month when they pledged to fly the flag above civic buildings on match days.
WITH the World Cup starting today, the British Motorcyclists Federation and the RAC Foundation have joined forces to encourage motorists who feel they have to fly the flag to do so safely.
Cleveland Fire Authority will fly the flag for England.
I know that they will fly the flag for Wales this summer and contribute hugely to Team GB.
We were proud to fly the flag for the lads playing football for us.
After weeks of public pressure and a 700-name petition criticising the town council's refusal to fly the flag of the United Kingdom, councillors have finally backed down.
It's important to observe Flag Day, and to fly the flag and to retire it properly.
Branson said yesterday: "Someone's got to fly the flag and many have said it ought to be us.
Respondents in households with mid-to-higher income levels feel more patriotic when they fly the flag (20% more likely) while lower-income households are 60% more likely to feel most patriotic watching fireworks.
Flying the flag FLY the flag on your holidays with a weekender bag.
I should be able to fly the flag of my country whenever I want.
So I could fly the flag of Iraq or Afghanistan but not the Army flag.