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 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
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.
LINFIELD boss David Healy wants to fly the flag for Rangers fans against Celtic in the Champions League after the Ibrox outfit's humiliating Europa League exit.
Every school, every square and most homes fly the flag.
Retired Colonel Phil Hubbard, chairman of the Armed Forces Day committee, said: "It is pleasing to see both Fly the Flag for our Armed Forces and Armed Forces Day become such well-established and well-supported events.
Organisers said that 10 Downing Street, Government departments, local authority buildings and businesses will all fly the flag to show support for the men and women of Britain's Armed Forces, past and present.
We English should fly the flag whenever and wherever possible.
The ruling Labour group can either step up and be adults and fly the flag at half mast and observe a minute's silence before full council tomorrow night or they can keep company with the pygmies.
BIRMINGHAM'S own John Bull waded into a Royal British Legion battle yesterday demanding the Quinton branch fly the flag for our fallen heroes.
Sinn Fein West Belfast councillor Jim McVeigh said they will be going to the Equality Commission with "relatives of people killed by the Army" to establish if it is legal to fly the flag.
He said: "I'm very happy that everybody wants to fly the flag and it complements our national flag Y Ddraig Goch (Red Dragon), but I'm disappointed that it wasn't Caernarfon castle which was the first place to fly the flag because of some bureaucracy.
But we must truly understand what it means when we fly the Flag of the United States of America.
When the World Cup is over, we should continue to fly the flag of St George no matter how uncomfortable it makes Westminster and it's overpaid stooges in the civic services feel.
I can't see any reason why we couldn't fly the flag.
The correct way to fly the flag is with the broader white band uppermost next to the mast.
THERE'S no better time to fly the flag and show your true colours, whether it's a show of support for our Olympic athletes or because you just love a red, white and blue colour statement.