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battle cry

noun
1.
a cry or shout of troops in battle.
2.
the phrase or slogan used in any contest or campaign.
Origin of battle cry
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15
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  • That was their battle cry as they tried to wriggle under the legs of the crewmen.

    The Glory of Ippling Helen M. Urban
  • Their battle cry was now, and they were determined it ever should be: "Independence or death!"

    Cuba Arthur D. Hall
  • Saying this I raised our battle cry of rally, well known to Douarnek.

    The Casque's Lark Eugne Sue
  • When his faithful followers asked him, "What shall the battle cry be?"

    Pine Needles Susan Bogert Warner
  • Vye shouted, his battle cry piercing the silence of the lake and wood.

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for battle cry

battle cry

noun
1.
a shout uttered by soldiers going into battle
2.
a slogan used to rally the supporters of a campaign, movement, etc
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