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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Good on Clr Cooper for sticking his head above the parapet.
So instead of sticking his head above the parapet once a year when he surfaces at the Dunhill golf, telling everyone he thinks is gullible enough to listen what he thinks they want to hear, why doesn't he try something more constructive?
So infrastructure minister Alex Neil deserves credit for - at long last - sticking his head above the parapet.
He also deserves credit for sticking his head above the parapet during Sunderland's bad run of form, something that others aren't always too keen to do.
The intimidation was massive ( yet Billy Coulson, one of our reserves, kept sticking his head above the parapet facing the punters and doing his Popeye impersonation, complete with funny laugh.
Today, Kilroy-Silk is the fall guy, pilloried by the Commission for Racial Equality, reported to police and suspended from his TV show by the BBC for sticking his head above the parapet to describe Arabs as "loathsome" for being "suicide bombers, limb-amputators and women repressors".
He's courageous, he cares, he's not worried about sticking his head above the parapet or standing up for what he believes in.
One has to admire his nerve in taking such a strong line and sticking his head above the parapet so far.
Sticking his head above the parapet, Topping said: "Our rule book is not a pick and mix.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman at least deserves some recognition here for sticking his head above the parapet and explaining his support for a closure programme.