flag-wav·​ing ˈflag-ˌwā-viŋ How to pronounce flag-waving (audio)
: passionate appeal to patriotic or partisan sentiment : chauvinism

Examples of flag-waving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This isn’t a rally in front of a Confederate flag-waving crowd of acolytes. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2024 He was sent to a patriotic camp near the capital where flag-waving staff praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and tried to teach him nationalistic songs. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 Still, previous Presidents, in similar binds, have faced significant pressure almost entirely from flag-waving nationalists on the right; Biden is now being cross-pressured from his left, and this seems to be having an effect. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2023 The evening ends with a bellowing of patriotic tunes, with attendant flag-waving, blasts of confetti, balloon-popping, and choreographed silliness. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 Perhaps his most famous paintings from the 1960s feature entire environments built around giant signs — Standard gas stations, Norm’s diners, 20th Century Fox movie studios — all done up in flag-waving red, white and blue. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The flag-waving car cruising is nothing new, dating back to the 1970s. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 Biden announced his reelection bid in April with a video that opened with imagery of flag-waving, Trump supporters at the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2023 From flag-waving neighborhood parades large and small to some of the best fireworks displays in America, Texans do it right. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas News, 4 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flag-waving was in 1892

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“Flag-waving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flag-waving. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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