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.
Recent Examples on the Web But shortly after the presidential election, President Donald Trump and his allies began to contest the results, often using the hashtag #StoptheSteal as a rallying cry. Washington Post, "Lawmakers want answers on the role Google, Facebook and Twitter played in the attacks on the Capitol and viral covid-19 misinformation," 25 Mar. 2021 His last words became a rallying cry during protests that took place across the world. Ashlee Banks, Essence, "George Floyd's Murder Trial Begins Jury Selection," 8 Mar. 2021 Republicans are seizing on shuttered schools as a political rallying cry. New York Times, "As School Closures Near First Anniversary, a Diverse Parent Movement Demands Action," 28 Feb. 2021 Texans used the defeat at the Alamo as a rallying cry during their fight for independence from Mexico. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Remember the Alamo? Donald Trump heads to Texas to defend legacy tarnished by Capitol riot," 12 Jan. 2021 His name became a rallying cry in protests over police brutality in 2020; Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Sterling Heights police officer on leave in racist Facebook post probe," 25 Feb. 2021 The reaction reflected the tone set by Mr. Trump, who demanded loyalty from Republican allies and whose rhetoric on masks and the economy became a rallying cry in many communities. New York Times, "One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure," 17 Jan. 2021 Aly Raisman, who was part of the Fierce Five, has also raised a rallying cry for the two organizations to be investigated. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Abuse survivors call for justice after John Geddert's death: 'We'll never have closure'," 4 Mar. 2021 When the group began working on it, nearly two years ago, Brecht’s play might have seemed militant, a rallying cry. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Theater Is Closed, But That Hasn’t Stopped the Wooster Group," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rallying cry

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rallying cry was in 1798

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1 Apr 2021

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“Rallying cry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rallying%20cry. Accessed 11 Apr. 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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