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flag-waving

[flag-wey-ving]
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noun
  1. an ostentatiously emotional display of patriotism or factionalism.
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Origin of flag-waving

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples

  • Both were so eager to be abroad in the battle that they did not miss the flag-waving.

  • His eyes kept straying to the rioting, flag-waving grand-stands.

    Rough-Hewn

    Dorothy Canfield


British Dictionary definitions for flag-waving

flag-waving

noun
  1. informal
    1. an emotional appeal or display intended to arouse patriotic or nationalistic feeling
    2. (as modifier)a flag-waving speech
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Derived Formsflag-waver, noun
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