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battle cry

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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

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for battle cry

Historical Examples

  • "Darwinismus" became the battle-cry of the militant spirits of that time.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • Suddenly there burst from the Norman lines their battle-cry of 'God aid us!'

  • He died with the battle-cry in his throat, and his death was as great as his life.

    Cuore (Heart)

    Edmondo De Amicis

  • "It matters not what they use for their battle-cry," he was shouting.

    The Lost Continent

    C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

  • With the battle-cry of his tribe, he flung his huge body on the gladiator.


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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