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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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Mulqueen said: "When they're waving the flag seven strides from the fence you can't exactly stop safely, and the flagman came out from the hurdle track and waved the flag in front of my horse, and he put his head up and spooked from it."
Police said Daraz, 22, went against the ideology of Pakistan when he waved the flag at his house in Okara town in Punjab during the match against Australia in Adelaide.
"We have waved the flag in every nation where Australia has played, including the UAE.
To the anger of Ibrox supporters, Boruc waved the flag as he left the field and could face a rap off league chiefs.
Glasses are raised at the party in Bulkington Village Centre as residents are joined by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr Mary Beaumont (top left), who waved the flag in patriotic mood
Musarrat Alam, a Hurriyat leader, waved the flag of Pakistan, as he cheered for his leader Syed Ali Gilani.