to run something up the flagpole

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - run up the flagpole

"to run something up the flagpole"

to tell people about an idea or plan in order to gauge the response to it


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - run up the flagpole

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I have this, what I think, is a really great idea but you know how an idea can sound good in one's own head but not be a good idea in reality?

Colleague 2:  Why don't you run your idea up the flagpole at the next staff meeting?

Colleague 1:  Good plan. That way I can explain my idea and get some feedback from our colleagues.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - run up the flagpole

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I've got something I'd like to run up the flagpole.

Friend 2:  What's that?

Friend 1:  Instead of playing video games all afternoon, why don't we go to a museum?

Friend 2:  A museum? Are you kidding? Museums are boring. Besides, we are almost finished the level we are playing.

Friend 1:  I thought I would test the idea.

to run something up the flagpole - Usage:


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to run something up the flagpole - Gerund Form:

Running an idea up the flagpole is a good way to understand if the idea has any merit.

to run something up the flagpole - Examples:

1)  ... and Mr. Proulx's comments that our local elected officials already get free column space, I decided I should run my idea up the flagpole.

2)  ... a deep dive is definitely in the pipeline, but let me run it up the flagpole to check our bandwidth and loop back with you to see if we can move ...

3)  If there are any issues that require legal action, a lawyer can help run it up the flagpole by taking it to court. 

4)  In this case, I knew we wanted to work on it a bit and that we wouldn't be able to run it up the flagpole unless we had a working prototype.

5)  Nimble, responsive organizations run great ideas up the flagpole very fast. They don't tell people with good ideas “That isn't your decision to ...

6)  Once employees believe they have a worthy invention, they can “run it up the flagpole” using 3M's “Champion” new product development ...

7)  What our friends at the banks are trying to do is run this up the flagpole and see if regulators will react before the end of the year.

8)  ... react quickly to new challenges and opportunities in real-time rather than traditional companies that need to run everything up the flagpole.

9)  It's time to run this idea up the flagpole and see what might come of it.

10)  Rather than run ideas up the flagpole and wait for answers to come back down, individuals go directly to the people who will be affected.

11)  What the heck. Let's run it up the flagpole and see what happens. One thing is guaranteed: People will notice and people will talk about ...

12)  We don't run it up the flagpole to see what one of our network partners think. 

13)  I would guess that maybe in March of 2017 is the first time we can run the bond vote up the flagpole again and ...

14)  The new IESBA standards provide for a similar procedure for auditors to run detected illegal acts up the flagpole but now are more expansive ...

15)  Nash was able to run them up the flagpole and make sure they were considered.

16)  ... in a burgeoning crisis atmosphere where, of necessity due to volume, not every decision can be run all the way up the management flagpole.

17)  We've decided we're going to run this thing up the flagpole and see if it has any merit.

18)  And you can run that logic up the flagpole to the $10/hour and even $15/hour levels and you'll catch more and more folks.

19)  ... amount of scrutiny and rely on them to report what they can to council and run any issues up the flagpole as they always do.

20)  He had to run him up the flagpole for the whole school to salute.” It brought a lot of unwanted attention, but Beesome shrugs that Henry is ...