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A pole on which a flag is raised. Also called flagstaff.
run (something) up the flagpole Slang
To test (a plan, suggestion, draft, or idea) and then measure the response to it.
n, pl -poles, -staffs or -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
1. a pole or staff on which a flag is hoisted and displayed
2. run something up the flagpole to pursue a tentative course of action in order to gauge the reaction it receives
Also called flagstaff. a staff or pole on which a flag is or can be displayed.Idioms:
run (something) up the flagpole, to announce as a test to gauge reactions.
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|Noun||1.||flagpole - surveying instrument consisting of a straight rod painted in bands of alternate red and white each one foot wide; used for sightings by surveyors|
|2.||flagpole - a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised|
staff - a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
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