rallying cry


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

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Those and similar platform bans have in turn become a rallying cry for the far right, who often both mask their positions and seek broader sympathy by positioning themselves as victims of censorship by digital platforms. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Sold Books, Backpacks, and Toys Promoting Hate to Kids, Report Shows," 7 July 2018 Trump and many top aides have long seen the immigration issue as the most effective rallying cry for his base of supporters. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump stokes pre-election fear of immigrants to drive voters," 30 Oct. 2018 Like everything that’s been leveraged for votes or ratings (school shootings, gender-neutral bathrooms, talk-show insults), the issues surrounding immigration policy reform are often reduced to red state/blue state rallying cries. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "How TV sounds and images of migrant children overrode the pundits and changed the immigration debate," 21 June 2018 The divided stance on whether to still focus on striking down the 2010 law, a rallying cry during the Democratic administration of former President Barack Obama, reflects a rift among Republicans. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Focus on Health Care Jolts GOP Ahead of Midterms," 8 June 2018 But Gasssama’s example immediately provided a rallying cry for those who have criticized the government’s hardline. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "An undocumented immigrant saved a toddler dangling from a Paris balcony. Now he’s a national hero.," 28 May 2018 Saluting, as the retired Colonel is well accustomed to doing from her 26 years in the US Air Force, McSally pledged to crack a political ceiling with a rallying cry that echoes her entire career. Kyung Lah And Alberto Moya, CNN, "Republicans left behind in blue Democratic wave of new women candidates," 20 Apr. 2018 In passionate speeches, students from Marjory Stoneman gave a rallying cry to wild cheers from the thousands assembled along Pennsylvania Avenue. USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 25 Mar. 2018 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

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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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