battle cry

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MEXICO CITY - Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who rallied voters with his battle cry against corruption and promises to the poor, won a resounding victory on Sunday night in Mexico's presidential election, after the concession of his two top rivals. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 Saoirse Ronan unleashes her battle cry as the titular character of Mary Queen of Scots in the upcoming film's first trailer, released Thursday. Jillian Forstadt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Face Off for Throne in 'Mary Queen of Scots' Trailer," 12 July 2018 Win or lose in Congress, Democrats hope to use the net-neutrality issue as a political battle cry to rally younger voters to turn out in the midterm elections this fall. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules," 11 June 2018 The movie follows a group of 18-year-old girls — played by Odessa Young, Bella Thorne, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, and Abra — who lead the charge in a battle cry against the men in their town. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Meet Assassination Nation, The Satirical Feminist Answer To The Purge," 27 June 2018 While this was the first time many had witnessed the battle cry, the chant was also relatively new to Iceland as well. Jenna West, SI.com, "What Does Iceland's Skol Clap Mean?," 15 June 2018 Her battle cry came at the end of a festival that was clearly — like much of Hollywood — struggling to find its place in the post-#MeToo era. Amy Kaufman, latimes.com, "The first Cannes Film Festival after Harvey Weinstein's downfall struggled with its place in the #MeToo era," 22 May 2018 In New York City, there is a new battle cry among chefs: How bizarre is your Benny? Charles Passy, WSJ, "Breakfast Lasagna Benedict? New York Chefs Offer Fresh Takes on Classic Egg Dish," 10 May 2018 The need for a hit record is many artists' loud battle cry. David Rishty, Billboard, "Meet Grey, The Zedd-Mentored Brothers 'Pushing the Boundaries of Catchy'," 11 Apr. 2018

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1814, in the meaning defined above

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battle cry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of battle cry

: a word, phrase, or sound that is shouted by soldiers in a battle

: a phrase or saying that is used to make people support an idea, a cause, etc.

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