rallying cry

noun

Definition of rallying cry

Examples of rallying cry in a Sentence

the rallying cry of a political movement “We believe!” became the rallying cry of the fans.

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That was the rally cry from speaker after speaker at a meeting on race at Sheldon High School on Tuesday night. Diana Lambert And Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Meeting on racism in Elk Grove schools has audience, officials ‘standing with Rachael’," 16 Jan. 2018 Fife, too, was faced with a bit of a rallying cry from IU players. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "As Mike Davis takes new job, a look back at his IU basketball hire: 'They stood up for me'," 6 June 2018 It's been the rallying cry this season for the Lady Eagles softball team. Rob Tate, Houston Chronicle, "Atascocita claims first state softball title in school history," 2 June 2018 So far, climate activists and supporters have used the idea of a Green New Deal as a rallying cry for massive government involvement reflecting the dire urgency of the state of the planet and the danger of extreme weather events. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 Well, that goes to Regina King, who positioned her acceptance speech as a rallying cry for women in the industry. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Regina King Vows to Produce Projects With '50% Women' at the Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 While Benghazi became a rallying cry for the right to use against Hillary Clinton, Fox News never reported that 20 similar incidents occurred under George Bush. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why It's Impossible to Be a Likeable Female Politician," 11 Jan. 2019 That’s the other thread of Drescher’s life: taking her roadblocks and turning them into rallying cries. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 Keystone XL has already faced numerous legal and political hurdles, and has become a rallying cry for environmentalists who want to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Miguel Bustillo, WSJ, "Keystone XL Pipeline Faces Uncertain Future," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of rallying cry

1798, in the meaning defined above

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rallying cry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rallying cry

: a word or phrase that is used to make people join together to support an idea, cause, etc.

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