run (something) up the flagpole(redirected from ran up the flagpole)
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run (something) up the flagpole
To test out an idea in order to gauge interest on 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.
run (something) up the flagpoleSlang
To test (a plan, suggestion, draft, or idea) and then measure the response to it.