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run up

1. verb To hoist or raise something, especially a flag. A noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "up." Make sure the flag does not touch the ground as you run it up in the mornings.
2. verb To accumulate a large bill or debt that one is obliged to pay. We ran up a huge bill staying in that luxury resort in Las Vegas, but Jake insisted on paying for it. Apparently, he ran up a lot of credit card debts that he couldn't pay off, so he slipped across the border to Canada.
3. verb To cause the value of something to increase. A noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "up." News of the company doubling production of their very popular tablet device has run their shares up to record highs.
4. verb To run and stop in front of someone or something. I just saw the neighbor kid run up and ring our doorbell. She ran up to me and gave me a huge hug.
5. verb In sports, to continue adding to one's score despite an assured victory due to a large lead, a practice considered poor sportsmanship. They're already ahead by 30, and now they're just running up the score.
6. noun An increase, perhaps a rapid or sudden one. Experts are attributing the run-up in price to a sudden surge in demand.
7. noun The period of time before an event or occurrence. There was no shortage of predictions in the run-up to the election.
See also: run, up

one-finger salute

A raising of the middle finger, a rude gesture of anger, displeasure, or dismissal; "the finger." The car behind me was honking at me to go faster, so I just gave him a one-finger salute.
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three-finger salute

The computer keystroke control-alt-delete, commonly used to force programs to close or the computer to restart. (A jocular play on the expression "one-finger salute," referring to the raising of the middle finger, a rude gesture commonly known as "the finger.") This computer is so janky that I have to give it the three-finger salute pretty much every day.
See also: salute

salute (one) with (something)

1. To recognize a superior with a particular or prescribed gesture. The soldiers all saluted the king with outstretched hands. We always salute the president of the organization with a raising of the flags whenever she arrives or departs.
2. To greet, recognize, or address one with some kind of gesture. I saluted him with a tip of my hat as I walked by. She didn't salute me with so much as a smile or a nod of the head.
3. To honor or pay respect to one with some kind of gesture. Each Memorial Day, military batteries salute soldiers who fell in battle with a 21-gun salute. The newspapers saluted the pilot with headlines proclaiming her a national hero.
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run something up

1. Lit. to raise or hoist something, such as a flag. Harry ran the flag up the flagpole each morning. Will you please run up the flag today?
2. Fig. to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities. A rumor about higher earnings ran the price of the computer stocks up early in the afternoon. They ran up the price too high.
3. Fig. to accumulate indebtedness. I ran up a huge phone bill last month. Walter ran up a bar bill at the hotel that made his boss angry.
4. to stitch something together quickly. She's very clever. I'm sure she can run up a costume for you. The seamstress ran up a party dress in one afternoon.
See also: run, up

run up (to someone or something)

to run as far as someone or something and stop; to run to the front of someone or something. I ran up to the mailman and said hello to him. I ran up and said hello.
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salute someone with something

1. Lit. to greet someone with a formal hand salute. He failed to salute the officer with the proper salute and was reprimanded. David saluted the captain with the appropriate salute and passed on by.
2. Fig. to greet or honor someone with the firing of guns or an over flight of airplanes. (Military or government.) The government saluted the visiting dignitary with a twenty-one gun salute. They saluted the prime minister with a flight of acrobatic jets.
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run up

1. Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]
2. Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]
3. Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]
4. Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, "Let's try this out." The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.
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run up

1. To cause some debt to accumulate: Don't run up such a big bill next time you go out to eat! He has been running a large debt up for months.
2. To increase some value: The craze for this company's stock will run up its price. The bidders ran the price up to $100.
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one-finger salute

and OFS
phr. & comp. abb. the finger; the digitus impudicus. And an OFS to you, sir.
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a three-finger salute

and TFS
n. & comp. abb. The keyboard keys Control, Alternate, Delete pressed at the same time when a program fails under the Windows operating system. (This is a play on one-finger salute, the digitus impudicus.) I had to give the TFS twice before the program would run.
See also: salute

run it up the flagpole (and see who salutes), let's

Let’s try this out and see what the reaction is. This cliché, alluding to raising an actual flag up a mast or flagpole, is one of a number of phrases coined in the mid-1900s in the Madison Avenue advertising industry for trying out ads, campaigns, slogans, and the like. Another is that’s how the cookie crumbles. The New Statesman so identified it on March 25, 1966: “The decision was made—in the admen’s jargon that comes naturally to Tory strategists—to run it up the flagpole and see if anyone saluted.” It may be dying out, replaced by the simpler run it by/ past someone. For example, “Bill wanted me to run his new plan by you and see what you think of it,” or “You’d better run it by the teacher before you order any supplies.”
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In spite of the fact that they often fully believed saluting was "wrong," they also usually found it difficult to coherently and appropriately reply to a teacher's questions as to their reasons for refusal.
Even if they have no doubts about the validity of the Witness teaching that saluting the flag is a moral affront to God which will result in their everlasting destruction (which is what most non-saluting sects teach), they must still deal with the conflicts and pressures from both their parents and the school.
The reason for this onslaught was "chiefly because of their [Witnesses] position on flag saluting, [which was] well advertised by their widespread distribution of the 29 May 1940 issue" of their magazine Consolation.(45) According to the ACLU, "except on the sole issue of flag saluting, the attitude of Jehovah's Witnesses toward governments is to obey every `righteous' law." It is ironic that violence ranging in severity from name-calling to outright murder (some were blinded, castrated, or maimed for life) was used to force others to recite a pledge which declared that America was a land of liberty and justice for all!(46) The very pledge they were being forced to repeat, if practiced, would rule out forcing its recitation.
Yet, this view is an important part of the total belief structure of non-saluters.(53) The main scriptural support is from the Ten Commandments, namely Exodus 20:4, which reads: "You must not make for yourselves a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above, or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth."(54) These sects understand these words to mean that humans are not to bow down to anything physical, nor is any act of obeisance to be rendered to any symbol including a "salute or other act of reverence."(55) Saluting is condemned as "worshiping" forbidden objects because the American flag includes stars which are objects "in the heavens" that are not to be worshiped.(56)
Most denominations teach that this Scripture refers primarily to bowing down to false religious gods (the statue of Buddha, for instance) and not saluting a national symbol such as a flag.
the rules and regulations relative to the human attitude toward national standards use strong, expressive words, as `service to the flag'." The writer used Webster's definitions for "reverence," "devotion," and similar words that the Britannica quote used, concluding that saluting is "a form of prayer or worship." Support from secular sources for their teaching that saluting is a form of worship (even though it is not defined as such by most saluters) reinforces their basic positional--though it does not rest on these "proofs." As a result of their concern that all of one's religious devotion be reserved only for the Creator (the non-saluting sects all stress that it interferes with "exclusive devotion" to God), they avoid in any way even a hint of worshiping something else.
It appears from the recognized lexicographers that saluting the flag is a religious formalism.
believe that saluting the flag is a violation of His [Gods] law.
To offset criticism, the Watchtower adds that these beliefs are "not their interpretation of God's law," because "Jehovah God interprets His own law and records the meaning thereof." They believe that the Bible cannot "mistakenly believe that saluting the flag is religious." Several biblical precedents are used to show that Witnesses have a "a clear basis for their belief and action." An example cited is Mordecai's refusal to bow down to Haman which was contrary to the instructions of his totalitarian ruler.(64) Refusing to bow down to a government official could be judged as similar to refusing to salute a flag, but clear differences exist.
The pro-saluters argue that neither the American state nor the president claims to be a god, and thus saluting is not strictly comparable to bowing down to a god, even though some groups may interpret it as such.
These people view such acts as flag saluting largely as an outsider, and preoccupation with religious matters causes them to view most temporal affairs superficially or casually.
The Witness leadership eventually concluded that saluting Hitler was morally wrong.
The Watchtower first "officially" condemned saluting on 3 June 1935, during a question-and-answer meeting at their five-day-long Washington, D.C convention.
When the case reached the Supreme Court, it reversed its previous position by a 6 to 3 vote, holding that the school board did not have the right to expel students from school for not saluting and thereby deny the children of their education, concluding:
The flag as a symbol typically elicits strong emotional feelings on the part of both those who feel all should salute as well as those who feel saluting is wrong.