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Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes

DEFINITION

Gauge public response. Test the public reaction. It’s a colorful idiom illustrating a flag of some new design going up a flagpole and wait to see if anyone salutes it like soldiers would salute their nation’s flag.

“I don’t know if the new name for our product will be well accepted, so let’s run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes before we make a final decision.”

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