Definition of run something up the flagpole (to see who salutes) in English:

run something up the flagpole (to see who salutes)

phrase

  • Test the popularity of a new idea or proposal.

    ‘the idea was first run up the flagpole in 1997’
    • ‘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.’
    suggest, put forward, come up with, submit, raise, moot, propose, advance, offer, proffer, posit, present, table, test the popularity of
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