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wave 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 wave 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 waving the flag for it.
See also: flag, wave

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
See also: flag, fly, show, wave
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To the anger of Ibrox supporters, Boruc waved the flag as he left the field and could face a rap off league chiefs.
I went out to Valencia and McBean and waved the flag.
Musarat Alam, another Hurriyat leader, bore and waved the flag of Pakistan as he cheered for his leader Syed Ali Geelani.
Once he waved the flag for Cool Britannia but now his career is taking a peculiar turn.
You marched in every parade and waved the flag proudly every Veterans and Memorial Day.
When I was a teen-ager and the Vietnam War was raging, it seemed that the only people who waved the flag were Republicans, John Birchers and other right-wing conservatives.