Definition of fly the flag in English:

fly the flag

  • 1(Of a ship) be registered in a particular country and sail under its flag.
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    • At the time, all the major cruise lines were incorporated abroad, and every major ship they sailed flew the flag of a country other than the United States.
    • On 12 January 2003, the MV Dorine, a Polish bulk carrier flying the flag of Cyprus, berthed in Bell Bay, Launceston.
    • Two ships appeared on the horizon flying the flag that I was taught to be of Spain.
  • 1.1 (also show or carry or wave the flag) Represent or demonstrate support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad: he will never consider buying an import, because he likes to fly the flag
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    • He is waving the flag to show his support for better relations between Canada and the United States.
    • By the same token, the Democratic Party will carry the flag of anti-clericism.
    • He missed the chance to wave the flag for all who do not identify with any party and are simply proud to be Irish.
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