rallying cry


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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While the Brown case captured most of the country's attention, Cusseaux's shooting became a local rallying cry for those seeking changes in how police treat people with mental illness. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 Its raw, lo-fi, guitar-crunch rowdiness became a rallying cry for a generation of punks-turned-electro addicts. Kat Bein, Billboard, "An Oral History of The Bloody Beetroots & Steve Aoki's 'Warp,' 10 Years Later," 3 June 2019 As a candidate, Trump had campaigned on cracking down on errant VA employees, a rallying cry for conservative critics of the government-run health system. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s VA Firing Spree Falters in Court," 15 May 2019 Glenn’s name has become a rallying cry against police shootings in Los Angeles, and activists have held a series of protests outside Lacey’s office. Washington Post, "LAPD officer won’t face charges in killing of unarmed man," 10 Mar. 2018 Trump believes that his campaign pledges, including his much vaunted — and still-unfulfilled — promise to quickly build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, are still rallying cries. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump escalates immigration rhetoric at rally to boost Cruz," 22 Oct. 2018 Democrats in the state said the legislation was necessary to protect a competitive internet, echoing activists and many tech companies for whom the issue has become a rallying cry. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Trump Administration Sues Over California Net-Neutrality Law," 30 Sep. 2018 As the years went on, her name became a rallying cry. Megan Specia, New York Times, "How Savita Halappanavar’s Death Spurred Ireland’s Abortion Rights Campaign," 27 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of rallying cry

1798, in the meaning defined above

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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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