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circle the/one's wagons

Definition of circle the/one's wagons

chiefly US informal

  1. :  to gather a group of people together in order to protect them from being attacked —usually used figuratively <Reporters tend to circle the wagons whenever the media are attacked for bias.>



Word by Word Definitions

circleplay
  1. :  ring, halo

    :  a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve

    :  the plane surface bounded by such a curve

  1. :  to enclose in or as if in a circle

    :  to move or revolve around

    :  to move in or as if in a circle

wagonplay wagons
  1. :  a usually four-wheeled vehicle for transporting bulky commodities and drawn originally by animals

    :  a lighter typically horse-drawn vehicle for transporting goods or passengers

    :  paddy wagon

  1. :  to travel or transport goods by wagon

    :  to transport (goods) by wagon


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