run something up the flagpole

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.
See also: flagpole, run, something, up

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