show the flag


show the flag
a) To display the flag of ones country, especially as an expression of patriotic pride.

A few suggestions are given . . . maintaining an effective naval squadron to show the flag and protect American interests.

b) Of a naval vessel or military force, to identify itself by displaying the flag of its country of origin, especially in order to establish an authoritative presence and to exert diplomatic or political influence.

On a routine cruise to "show the flag," the British warships Amphion and Contest steamed into the harbor of Santa Ana Island in the southern Solomons (which are under a British protectorate).


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