ral·​ly·​ing | \ ˈra-lē-iŋ How to pronounce rallying (audio) \

Definition of rallying

: the sport of driving in automobile rallies

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the rallying of students to support our petition for better bus service was made a lot easier by this morning's subzero temperatures
Recent Examples on the Web The Board of Regents decided to spare the cross country team but eliminate the alpine team, something Anderson used as a rallying point during fundraising efforts. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "After a year off, Turnagain Arm Trail Run returns with a fast course and no bear scares," 8 May 2021 Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, Mother’s Day needed no script, schedule or rallying plan in the Cappiello household. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "This Mother's Day, remember it's not about you. It's about her. So pick the right plants," 7 May 2021 Tech firms have been under scrutiny for years over their role in spreading misinformation and hate speech online while also serving as a rallying and planning place for violence offline. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Social media platforms brace for the Chauvin trial verdict," 20 Apr. 2021 Currently, active participation in extremist groups, which includes fundraising, rallying and recruiting, is banned. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "Pentagon establishes working group to counter extremism in the ranks," 10 Apr. 2021 To be sure, rallying could be derailing during World War II, both Jones and Johnsen said, such as in the infamous example of Japanese internment camps, as well as other marginalization of minority groups. John Rash, Star Tribune, "Unity elusive during a long pandemic year," 12 Mar. 2021 Despite modifying the Yaris hatchback to go rallying, Toyota felt this car was no longer good enough for the WRC. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, "Toyota GR Yaris Review: The Hot Hatch Superhero," 24 Feb. 2021 The news of counterfeit vaccines both underscores the international demand and could be the latest rallying point for anti-vaxxers, many of whom are refusing to get the shot in the U.S. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Fake Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines show up in Mexico and Poland," 21 Apr. 2021 Funny how weird situations like that sometimes become a rallying point. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Willson Contreras has done his part. Now it’s up to the rest of the Chicago Cubs to join in.," 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rallying

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rallying was in 1957

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18 May 2021

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“Rallying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rallying. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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