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war cry

noun
1.
a cry, word, phrase, etc., shouted in charging or in rallying to attack; battle cry.
2.
a slogan, phrase, or motto used to unite a political party, rally support for a cause, etc.
Origin of war cry
1740-1750
First recorded in 1740-50
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  • Formerly a war cry, and the signal for indiscriminate slaughter.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A Gallic war cry, signifying "Strike at the head—down with them."

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • The war cry of the slum was characteristic: "To hell with reform!"

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • So rings the war cry of heroes before whom the enemy quails!

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Screaming a war cry and brandishing a scimitar, a Tartar galloped at him.

  • The war cry which had once awakened fear across a quarter of Terra.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • He sprang to his feet and opened his mouth to let forth the war cry.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • "Ten thousand Puelches are ready to utter the war cry," said a fourth.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Then a horrible yell, the war cry of the Apaches, burst forth.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • They shouted their war cry and tossed their lance pennons into the air.

    Jones of the 64th

    F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for war cry

war cry

noun
1.
a rallying cry used by combatants in battle
2.
a cry, slogan, etc, used to rally support for a cause
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