rallying cry

noun

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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.

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Remember: • $4 toast: For a few weeks, news that a shiny new hipster cafe in San Francisco was selling $4 toast became a rallying cry, even inspiring petitions to the mayor’s office demanding relief from the cost of living. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s time for Oakland to fight for its soul," 14 June 2018 That’s been true ever since: Ahmad and his wife, Harriett, have grieved, unremittingly, the loss of their oldest son, Sultan Jihad Ahmad, but also have turned his name into a rallying cry for community transformation. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "After 26 years working with at-risk teens, can a Philly couple forgive the one who killed their son?," 13 July 2018 The 22-year-old song is now experiencing a renaissance as a meme, as an anthem, and as a rallying cry that is half genuine, half tongue-in-cheek. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "It’s Coming Home: The Meme Behind England’s World Cup Fervor," 7 July 2018 Either way, the phrase has become a rallying cry for English fans, and a rendition of the tune was even played outside Buckingham Palace by the Bands of the Guards Division on Saturday. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William Just Told England's World Cup Team "The Whole Country Is Right Behind You"," 11 July 2018 The rally cries were similar to Occupy, as were the grievances. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "Inside the Philadelphia Occupy ICE camp that police raided Thursday," 5 July 2018 Famed synthesizer manufacturer, Moog has responded to the tariffs with a rallying cry, urging customers to call elected officials and ask them to stop the tariffs before they are slated to begin on July 6. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Moog Responds to Pres. Trump's Tariffs with Statement Urging Customers to Call Representatives," 2 July 2018 However, the video isn't without a rallying cry at the end. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Lorde's Instagram Story About All the Annoying Things Acne Sufferers Hear Is Hilariously Relatable," 18 Feb. 2018 But that isn't really a bumper-sticker-worthy rallying cry. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 July 2018

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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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