keep the flag flying

keep the flag flying

If you keep the flag flying, you do something to show your support for a group to which you belong, or to show your support for something that you agree with. Meghan Delahunt is keeping the flag flying for Scotland in the Best First Book category. It's important that artists keep the flag of tolerance flying.
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keep the flag flying

1 represent your country or organization, especially when abroad. 2 show continued commitment to something, especially in the face of adversity.
This expression comes from the practice in naval warfare of lowering the flag on a defeated ship to signify a wish to surrender.
See also: flag, flying, keep

keep the ˈflag flying

continue to support an idea, a principle, an activity, etc. which is in danger of disappearing: They try to keep the flag flying in the British film industry.There are only two of us left now to keep the flag flying.
See also: flag, flying, keep