One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Test the popularity of a new idea or proposal.‘the idea was first run up the flagpole in 1997’
suggest, put forward, come up with, submit, raise, moot, propose, advance, offer, proffer, posit, present, table, test the popularity ofView synonyms
- ‘Nobody saluted when they ran it up the flagpole.’
- ‘Then they'd all go back to their offices and run something up the flagpole, just to see who might salute.’
- ‘I'll run it up the flagpole, George, but I suspect only they will salute.’
- ‘Of course, there are many more highly-irritating words and phrases that are often used in corporate circles, such as ‘moving the goalposts’, and ‘running an idea up the flagpole’.’
- ‘It's no good your just running it up the flagpole to see if you salute.’
- ‘Maybe if you run it up the flagpole someone will salute it.’
- ‘And, run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.’
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