rallying cry


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Examples of rallying cry in a Sentence

the rallying cry of a political movement “We believe!” became the rallying cry of the fans.
Recent Examples on the Web In November, a fan from Denver sent out a rallying cry to fellow Burton enthusiasts to sign a petition addressed to the show’s producers. Washington Post, "LeVar Burton wanted to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for years. Thanks to an online movement, he’s getting his chance.," 22 Apr. 2021 Republicans successfully turned the protest rallying cry into a line of attack ahead of the 2020 election, however, and many Democrats have sought to distance themselves from the idea of cutting funding from police altogether. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "What Republicans and Democrats are proposing to reform the police," 22 Apr. 2021 Yet there is more to this hashtag than a rallying cry to change society, norms or systems of oppression. Ali Hill, Forbes, "Entrepreneurs: Choose To Challenge Yourself As A Leader," 6 Apr. 2021 Jurors heard for the first time that Chauvin actually knelt on Floyd for 9 minutes and 29 seconds -- not the 8 minutes 46 seconds that had became a symbol and rallying cry of a worldwide protest movement against police brutality. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "A week of compelling and potentially devastating testimony at Derek Chauvin's murder trial," 3 Apr. 2021 The greatest power the entertainment industry has is to raise a rallying cry, both to the corporations that share a stake in Georgia — Home Depot, Coca Cola, Delta and UPS all certainly do business with Hollywood — and to the rest of the world. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dear Hollywood, the GOP in Georgia is threatening democracy. Silence is not an option," 31 Mar. 2021 Still, Swan points to a rallying cry that has been gaining a tremendous amount of attention across the tech industry lately. Bob O'donnell, USA TODAY, "New job search: Tech companies tackle shifting jobs environment with reskilling efforts," 19 Dec. 2020 In recent months, the shooting deaths of four Knoxville teens have become the rallying cry for community members pushing for an end to gun violence. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "One dead, officer injured in high school shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee," 13 Apr. 2021 The attack, captured on video, has become a rallying cry. New York Times, "Brutal Attack on Filipino Woman Sparks Outrage: ‘Everybody Is on Edge’," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rallying cry

1798, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Rallying cry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rallying%20cry. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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rallying cry


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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