ral·​ly·​ing | \ˈra-lē-iŋ \

Definition of rallying 

: the sport of driving in automobile rallies

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Synonyms for rallying


marshaling (also marshalling), mobilization, rally

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Examples of rallying in a Sentence

the rallying of students to support our petition for better bus service was made a lot easier by this morning's subzero temperatures

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Restrictions on assault weapons have proven to be a popular rallying cry for gun control advocates in the aftermath of recent mass shootings, from Parkland, Florida, to Las Vegas. German Lopez, Vox, "Washington votes to strengthen gun laws with Initiative 1639," 7 Nov. 2018 So coming up, the Democratic rallying cry for November involves the notion of fear. Fox News, "Haley on the New York Times, Kavanaugh and US foreign policy," 20 Sep. 2018 But now, the catchy song has become a serious rallying cry with England competing in the semifinals. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "What it's like living through England's devastating World Cup loss at a British pub," 11 July 2018 The loudest rallying cries from Colorado teachers protesting for more education dollars were about dwindling paychecks that are steadily losing ground to the state’s rising cost of living. Washington Post, "High pension costs lurk behind US teacher push for more pay," 1 May 2018 Those signs, intended for peaceful rallying, were in use on March 28, 1968, when King led a march that turned violent. Adelle M. Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering King’s last sermon with renewed hope," 1 Apr. 2018 In Western countries, Putin is a threat to many but a thrilling rallying point for a growing anti-establishment minority. Washington Post, "How the Kremlin turned the Russian president into a global icon," 12 July 2018 Her case has become a national rallying point for activists trying to reform the criminal justice system, and raise awareness about the toll of human trafficking. NBC News, "Cyntoia Brown, sentenced at 16 to life in prison, to plead for leniency in federal court," 10 June 2018 Several local community and immigrant groups in the city planned the event, including training volunteer marshals to ensure orderly crowds and making signs bearing the organizers’ rallying cry: #FamiliesBelongTogether. Ese Olumhense, chicagotribune.com, "Thousands expected in Loop Saturday to rally against separation of immigrant families," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of rallying

1957, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2018

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The first known use of rallying was in 1957

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