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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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The broad white diagonal band against the stick or mast should be at the top and the thin band at the bottom, the picture shows the flag to be upside down, so please can we get it right.
The promotional announcement, which also has appeared in Hebrew in Israeli newspapers, shows the flag of Israel alongside those of Arab and Muslim countries that have accepted the diplomatic initiative.
Six-year-old Owain Morgan Shepherd of Ebbw Vale shows the flag at the unveiling of a memorial stone to the late Gwynfor Evans, former Plaid Cymru president who became the party's first MP in a famous 1966 by-election
The M&S shirt - which comes in red, white or blue - has gone on sale in 12 stores and shows the flag of St George with "Qualified" stamped across it.
And now, 24 years after the war was lost, people are upset that this shopkeeper shows the flag of Vietnam and a picture of Ho Chi Minh.
But he thinks the high school mural shows the flag in a respectful way.