Meaning of wrap oneself in the flag in English:

wrap oneself in the flag


North American
  • Make an excessive show of one's patriotism, especially for political ends.

    • ‘This suited a number of interests, including a wildly unpopular Russian political class that quickly wrapped themselves in the flag.’
    • ‘It's like a crooked politician wrapping himself in the flag.’
    • ‘‘It would be counterproductive because it would trigger a xenophobic response and allow the violators to wrap themselves in the flag in an excessive spirit of nationalism,’ he said in a speech at John Hopkins University.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most ironic aspect of the whole thing is that these are the first people to wrap themselves in the flag and pat themselves on the back for their patriotism.’
    • ‘And they can wrap themselves in the flag and say they ‘support our troops’ all they like - but it doesn't change the fact that their program is to promote our defeat at the hands of our enemies for their temporary political advantage.’
    • ‘Far too many of us wrap ourselves in the flag and say, ‘But I have a right to buy what I want, eat what I want, say what I want, do what I want, etc.’’
    • ‘Rather than wrap ourselves in the flag, it might be more interesting to ask conservatives just what happiness they resist pursuing, if self-restraint is so good.’
    • ‘The President will wrap himself in the flag, pray the business cycle goes his way and pretend his gestures are real.’
    • ‘Instead he wraps himself in the flag and other wedge issues to ward off proper discussion about his dismantling of Australian egalitarianism.’
    • ‘When trouble threatens, it's only natural to wrap ourselves in the flag, not because we're a vain people, not even because we're patriots, but because we want to feel safe, comforted.’