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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Synonyms for rallying


marshaling (also marshalling), mobilization, rally

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Examples of rallying in a Sentence

the rallying of students to support our petition for better bus service was made a lot easier by this morning's subzero temperatures

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Cancelling debt is an ancient socialist rallying cry. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Victor Davis Hanson: Why socialism, and why now?," 30 Aug. 2019 Nearly seven months have passed since the Mets’ new general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, issued his memorable rallying cry to his competitors. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Mets Are on Fire. The Braves Are Watching From a Safe Distance.," 13 Aug. 2019 As scientists warn of the imminent consequences of global warming, the Green New Deal has been a rallying point for liberals in the party’s base as well as to Democratic presidential contenders in the crowded field. Kathleen Ronayne And Juana Summers, chicagotribune.com, "$16 trillion Bernie Sanders climate plan builds on the Green New Deal," 22 Aug. 2019 McSally's proposal is the latest in a rallying cry among lawmakers seeking to make incidents like the ones in El Paso and Dayton a federal offense. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Arizona's Martha McSally pens bill to make domestic terrorism a federal offense," 14 Aug. 2019 To mark Norwich City’s return to the top flight, TV cook and long-standing Norwich City supporter and director Delia Smith relives her infamous rallying cry from 2005, in the form of her famous fish pie. SI.com, "Lamprey 'Addock You! Delia Smith's Face Appears in a Fish Pie in New Coca-Cola Premier League Advert," 7 Aug. 2019 Each episode looks at a crossroads moment as the network evolved into an important rallying point for Republicans and a massive profit center for the Murdochs. chicagotribune.com, "Roger Ailes series on Showtime likely to rile the right and the left," 26 June 2019 Instead, the Iraq War served as a rallying point for al-Qaeda and its partners, reviving a jihadist movement that had been pummeled in Afghanistan. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 Mr Sisi’s foes hoped that Mr Morsi’s death would provide a rallying point. The Economist, "Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s only democratic ruler, dies in court," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of rallying

1957, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2019

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The first known use of rallying was in 1957

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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