circle the/one's wagons


chiefly US, informal
: 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.

Examples of circle the/one's wagons in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere, settlers in a wagon train heading West, to Horizon, realize that they’ve been noticed by Native scouts; as supplies dwindle, the settlers circle the wagons in anticipation of an attack. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 28 June 2024 But if Putin suddenly disappears from the picture, his courtiers will face a stark choice: go down the road of Godunov and plunge the country into chaos or circle the wagons, avoid an internecine struggle, and enable all groups to elect a new president in emergency national elections. Vladislav Zubok, Foreign Affairs, 28 June 2023 On Monday, as the Wednesday night negotiation deadline between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) drew nearer, union leadership began to circle the wagons. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 This was not a time to circle the wagons and protect those on the inside, foremost among them Green. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2022 Although the team has tried to circle the wagons and shut out the noise, the tumult was clearly weighing heavily on the players, making Tuesday’s move inevitable. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2023 So, the impulse is almost always to circle the wagons. William Pesek, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Investors took the disruptions as an opportunity to regroup, circle the wagons and figure out the next steps. Umesh Sachdev, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Amid this pandemic, vaccinations give those of us who are immunocompetent the chance to circle the wagons of our collective immunity around those whose immune systems no longer function normally. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Sep. 2021

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