run something up the flagpole

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Short form of run it up the flagpole, to see who salutes

Verb[edit]

run (something) up the flagpole

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To propose an idea or make a suggestion in order to learn the reaction of others to it.
    The idea might not be so bad; why don't you run it up the flagpole at the next board meeting?