Nail your colours to the mast.

What does "Nail your colours to the mast." mean?

Today it means: Show your intentions, let us know what you're doing.

The colours on board ship is its national flag which was very important in a battle to show whose side you were on. If the mast with your flag on was shot away it was very important that you nailed up some new colours quickly or run the risk of being shot at by both sides.

See also: Show your true colours   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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