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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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Rafa Nadal kept the flag flying for the old guard at the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over American Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday for a place in the semi-final, where he will meet another next generation player in Stefanos Tsitsipas.
And Ella Hampson kept the flag flying for Hudders-field Judo Club by taking a well-deserved bronze medal.
LACHE kept the flag flying for CDFL in the Chester and District FA Senior Cup quarter-finals.
As he hands over the reins to his beloved Falcons, here is a rugby man through and through, who has kept the flag flying for the oval ball game in a region obsessed with football.
The Lanarkshire trainer kept the flag flying for Scotland after English-based horses had taken the first six races KID'S ALL RIGHT Lemon Drop Red's convincing six-length victory at Brighton made it a good two days for the three-year-old's sire Lemon Drop Kid.
RISING star Heather Watson kept the flag flying at the AEGON Classic yesterday as her compatriots fell all around her in another bleak day for British women's tennis The teenager celebrated breaking into the world's top 100 for the first time with a promising 6-3, 7-5 victory over higher ranked South African Chanelle Scheepers.
Victoria Brewis kept the flag flying with a straight-sets win in the opening singles rubber, but that was the sum total of North's success.
HARRY'S Bar kept the flag flying for the league with quarter-final win in the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup at North Ormesby Cons Club.
IMOGEN BANKIER kept the flag flying for Scotland yesterday - with a little help from an Englishman.
Bravo to Trio Kings who kept the flag flying high for so many years - Conception-Nelson-Anthony.
"We're very proud of our achievements, and also for having kept the flag flying so prominently for MG throughout that period.
Among the men, Gunners Exiles' J Morgan kept the flag flying for the Cardiff & District League as he claimed top spot with an average of 33.33.
And Aftab Ahmed kept the flag flying for Bangladesh hooking Andrew Flintoff for six to bag his maiden Test half-century
England's lone men's singles hope Andrew Smith also suffered defeat, losing 15-1, 15-7 to Hong Kong's 14th seed Ng Wei but the mixed doubles kept the flag flying as European champions Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms surged into the last 16 with a 15-10, 15-7 win over Malaysia's Tazari Mohd and Sock Ai Ooi.
Ulsterman Kris Meeke kept the flag flying for Britain as he came through a gruelling three-day challenge in the Monte Carlo Rally.