run (something) 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.
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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