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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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DANIEL Craig keeps the flag flying for Britain as he films the opening scenes of the new James Bond movie on a yacht.
Southwell keeps the flag flying for the National Hunt game, with Azza the best bet of the afternoon in the Turnbull Home Improvement Novices' Chase.
KEMPTON keeps the flag flying for racing with another all-weather card and Iron Condor is taken to land another victory at the Sunbury track.
Times have changed along Broad Street, but Lee Longlands still keeps the flag flying
COLIN TURKINGTON keeps the flag flying for the MG-Rover today as he tries to improve on his second place in the British Touring Car Championship.