stick (one's) head above the parapet

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stick (one's) head above the parapet

To state or defend opinions that may be considered controversial in spite of the risk of receiving unfavorable reactions from others. Thank goodness that someone is willing to stick their head above the parapet and drew customers' attention to the deceitful practices of these corporations. Several senators stuck their heads above the parapet and defended the legislation against their own party.
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So was it the case then - and now - that Harman and Hewitt were afraid to stick their heads above the parapet and cause a stink for fear of damaging their careers?
And those prepared to stick their heads above the parapet as union reps or conveners shouldn't have to fear management retribution.
SPRING pruning - now that we can see the signs of spring as buds start to burst and spring flowers stick their heads above the parapet, there are a number of shrubs that can have their spring trim.
"But it is a great opportunity for one or two players to maybe stick their heads above the parapet."
But it's up to the headteacher to decide what is taught - and most are reluctant to stick their heads above the parapet.
Mr Wright said: "They don't want to report it to the OFT because they won't stick their heads above the parapet and risk cutting themselves off in the future in case they could get more work.
We must protect those who are prepared to stick their heads above the parapet.'
Birmingham's most senior judge has promised protection for witnesses who 'stick their heads above the parapet' to help police investigating the Aston shootings.
It is certainly possible and there were precious few forecasters willing to stick their heads above the parapet either way yesterday.
Clever, well-planned practical jokes, aimed at those who choose to stick their heads above the parapet, are OK by me.
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