circle the/one's wagons

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

circle play
  1. : ring, halo

  2. : a closed plane (see 5plane 2b) curve every point of which is equidistant (see equidistant 1) from a fixed point within the curve

  3. : the plane surface bounded by such a curve

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

  2. : to move or revolve around

  3. : to move in or as if in a circle

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

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

  3. : paddy wagon

  1. : to travel or transport goods by wagon

  2. : to transport (goods) by wagon


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