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close ranks

Definition of close ranks

  1. :  to join together to support or protect someone or something that is in trouble <The police officers closed ranks when their captain was being investigated for misconduct.>



Word by Word Definitions

closeplay
  1. :  to move so as to bar passage through something

    :  to block against entry or passage

    :  to deny access to

  1. :  a coming or bringing to a conclusion

    :  a conclusion or end in time or existence :  cessation

    :  the concluding passage (as of a speech or play)

  1. :  an enclosed area

    :  the precinct of a cathedral

    :  a narrow passage leading from a street to a court and the houses within or to the common stairway of tenements

  1. :  having no openings :  closed

    :  confined or carefully guarded

    :  high

  1. :  in a close position or manner

rankplay ranks
  1. :  luxuriantly or excessively vigorous in growth

    :  offensively gross or coarse :  foul

    :  grown too large

  1. :  row, series

    :  a row of people

    :  a line of soldiers ranged side by side in close order

  1. :  to arrange in lines or in a regular formation

    :  to determine the relative position of :  rate

    :  to take precedence of


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