keep the flag flying

keep the flag flying

To support, defend, and/or promote or highlight the positive characteristics of someone or something. The senator has been keeping the flag flying for this issue for years, and it is finally starting to pick up steam. My country is often a target for insults or gibes abroad, so whenever I go traveling I make a point to keep the flag flying for it.
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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
The New York police was speedily hard at work, and a foolish contest in full swing between impassioned citizens resolved to keep the flag flying, and irritated and worried officers instructed to pull it down.
Dear Prime Minister, keep the flag flying. And make Great Britain great again.
'You and your men should keep the flag flying, because without the police, Nigeria is in danger.
In 1909, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave this committee the responsibility to keep the flag flying and to protect it continuously under all conditions, as well as to educate citizens regarding its correct usage.
THE Lionesses have reached the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup with some solid displays and have come through a very physical affair against Cameroon to keep the flag flying In France.
He said the government in any part of the world has never been that supportive of literary pursuits, as this is the very struggle of writers and poets who keep the flag flying high as far as the creation and promotion of literature is concerned.
"I'll do my best to keep the flag flying this weekend."
Hope are high that both can progress to the semi-finals to keep the flag flying for the Liverpool & District League.
"Obviously it's sad to see her career come to an end, but we hope we've got a replacement to keep the flag flying in Diesel Elsie, who has some really good Irish form and has just finished her qualifying trials."
Now it's down to Chelsea, who take on Copenhagen in Denmark tomorrow, and Manchester United, who head to France to face Marseille on Wednesday, to keep the flag flying high.
BA has also reportedly painted "keep the flag flying" on ten Boeing 777s at Heathrow and on two at Gatwick to confirm its message that it will continue to fly during the strikes.
BA aircraft had a "keep the flag flying" slogan painted along their fuselages today to underline the message that the airline will continue to fly throughout this week's strikes.
Chief executive Willie Walsh said: "The determination of our colleagues across the whole business to keep the flag flying this weekend is increasing.
Andrew Miller MP; Can Vauxhall keep the flag flying for Britain - or could the country's two plants be genuinely forced to close?