Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 20:07
- send it up the flagpole and see who salutes
raise the flag and see who salutes
- (idiomatic) To float an idea, (or otherwise do some action) to see what response or controversy (if any) it generates, usually as a preliminary step.
- 1996, Jo Ann Oravec, Virtual individuals, virtual groups: Human Dimensions of Groupware and Computer Networking, page 312
- Much of the discourse on and the spirit of group interaction have an improvisational flavor: we “float trial balloons” in the groups we belong to or “raise a flag and see who salutes.”