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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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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The yellow-vest movement, which began in November as a protest against an increase in gasoline tax, has become a broader rallying cry against Mr. Macron. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Calls for Yellow-Vests to Debate, Not Demonstrate, Fall on Deaf Ears," 19 Jan. 2019 Unlike many celebrities, masters of feeds that serve as shrines to themselves, Hathaway is more likely to compose an inspirational message, a political rallying cry, or—gasp—a picture celebrating another star. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 This week the trade war was escalated and markets shrugged it off with copper rallying. Paul Garvey, WSJ, "Copper Surges as Tariff Fears Ebb," 21 Sep. 2018 In some cases, the rallying appeared to make a difference. Dee-ann Durbin, chicagotribune.com, "Corporate leaders speak out against child separation: 'We need to stop this policy right now'," 20 June 2018 Having seen off the baddies and saved America and the world, the hero tries a spot of bipartisan rallying. The Economist, "Bill Clinton’s debut thriller is an exercise in wish-fulfilment," 7 June 2018 The Rockets barely hung on, with the Wolves rallying to within three before a Chris Paul turnover with 8.7 seconds left. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "James Harden dominates as Rockets hold off Timberwolves to win Game 1," 15 Apr. 2018 Founded by Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie, the organization became a bipartisan rallying center for the free world in the great ideological struggles of the 20th-century first against Nazism, and then against totalitarian Communism. John Fonte, National Review, "Freedom House Turns Partisan," 15 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile metals powered higher, with gold rallying to a four-month high and copper jumping by the most in two months. Alyssa Mcdonald, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 15 Jan. 2018

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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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