run (something) up the flagpole

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run (something) up the flagpole

To test out an idea in order to gauge interest or gain feedback. Run your idea up the flagpole before you pitch it to the boss, so that you don't make a fool of yourself.
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run something up the flagpole

If you run an idea up the flagpole, you suggest it to people in order to find out what they think of it. That's a great idea. Let's run it up the flagpole and see what happens. Note: If you run a flag up a flagpole, you pull it to the top using the rope attached to the side of the flagpole.
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run something up the flagpole

test the popularity of a new idea or proposal.
The idea behind this expression is of hoisting a particular flag to see if it provokes the positive response of a salute.
See also: flagpole, run, something, up

run (something) up the flagpole

Slang
To test (a plan, suggestion, draft, or idea) and then measure the response to it.
See also: flagpole, run, up