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show the flag

To stand up for, support, or defend someone or something. A number of people from the actor's hometown are arriving into New York to show the flag at his debut performance on Broadway. My country is often a target for insults or gibes abroad, so whenever I go traveling I make a point of showing the flag for it.
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show the flag

(of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength.
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fly/show/wave the ˈflag

show your support for your country, an organization or an idea in order to encourage or persuade others to do the same: This exhibition of Scottish painting is our way of flying the flag. ▶ ˈflag-waving noun the expression of strong national feelings, especially in a way that people disapprove of
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Kim showed support for his mother's cause by baring his right arm to reveal a tattoo showing the flag of her party, the National League For Democracy.
This comes from a Labour MP whose Government has done more than any other in our history to destroy our sovereignty, to a point where they have had difficulty in showing the flag - Union or St George; in fact, at times showing reluctance to fly the latter, even on St George's Day, from Labour-controlled council offices.
Byline: An Emirati parent has complained to the authorities about school maps showing the flag of Israel.
I tend to agree with Iwan Thomas's ``mixed emotions'' although some might say that showing the flag and taking part is as important as winning medals.
I am proud of being British and I feel that showing the flag will instil the pride many others feel for our country.
I've heard of showing the flag, but never actually eating it," said one startled guest at the celebrity-packed party in Dublin Castle.