new to me: "flag up"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 3 18:33:13 UTC 2009

At 1:49 PM -0400 9/3/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 9/3/2009 10:04 AM, Barbara Need wrote:
>>Seen on another list:
>>"Sometimes I need to flag up my ideas even before they are  ready,
>>for other
>>people to shoot  down,"
>>I had never heard this before (one hit for the phrase in the Archives
>>from 2007), and it is a use, not a mention.
>Presumably an evolution from "run up the flagpole"?
Or more fully "Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes".  So
I also assumed, and even tried googling "flagpole(d)" as a transitive
verb ("to flagpole an idea"), but found no hits, just an irrelevant
(and icky) intransitive verb in the Urban Dictionary.


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