ral·​ly·​ing | \ ˈra-lē-iŋ How to pronounce rallying (audio) \

Definition of rallying

: the sport of driving in automobile rallies

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Trump spent weeks ahead of the midterm election rallying fears over a migrant caravan heading toward the border and promised voters that Republicans would bring tougher border security. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Government funding, border wall await lame-duck Congress," 13 Nov. 2018 Karvelis said there were some thoughts of rallying until lawmakers went into special session to deal with the group’s remaining education-funding demands, including the restoration of about $1 billion a year in school funding. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Arizona's #RedForEd movement evolves into quieter, broader political force," 24 June 2018 So, there's going to be a lot of rallying to that effect and, of course, a lot of cheering for what just happened with the release of the prisoners from North Korea. Fox News, "Lt. Col. Michael Waltz on tensions between Iran, Israel," 11 May 2018 The promise to build a giant temple at the purported site of Lord Rama’s birth has been a rallying cry for Hindu nationalists since the 1980s, and a fixture of the BJP’s election manifestos since 1996. The Economist, "The Supreme Court hands India’s biggest communal flashpoint to Hindus," 14 Nov. 2019 After using Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice as a political rallying cry with his right-wing base for months, Trump suddenly retreated. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Colin Kaepernick is about to get what he deserves: a chance," 14 Nov. 2019 The speech wasn’t billed as a political rallying cry for support from the silent majority. BostonGlobe.com, "Fifty years ago Sunday night, President Richard M. Nixon sat in the Oval Office and delivered a nationally televised speech whose content is almost universally forgotten today, but, like so many major presidential addresses, is remembered for one phrase: “silent majority.’’," 3 Nov. 2019 When Beto O’Rourke called for gun confiscation, our Charlie Cooke instantly recognized and explained how Beto’s debate-stage rallying cry undid decades of work by the gun-control movement. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "National Review versus The Circus of Liars," 15 Oct. 2019 Jeannie Mok, a 19-year-old student who was protesting on the Kowloon Peninsula on Sunday, said the ban had given the movement another rallying cry. New York Times, "Hong Kong Rallies Turn Violent After Thousands Defy Face Mask Ban," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of rallying

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rallying was in 1957

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6 Dec 2019

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“Rallying.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rallying. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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