Definition of run something up the flagpole (to see who salutes) in US 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’
    • ‘It's no good your just running it up the flagpole to see if you 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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.’
    • ‘Nobody saluted when they ran it up the flagpole.’
    • ‘Maybe if you run it up the flagpole someone will salute it.’
    suggest, put forward, come up with, submit, raise, moot, propose, advance, offer, proffer, posit, present, table, test the popularity of
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