rally

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[ ral-ee ]
/ ˈræl i /
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verb (used with object), ral·lied, ral·ly·ing.

verb (used without object), ral·lied, ral·ly·ing.

noun, plural ral·lies.

Origin of rally

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1585–95; < French rallier (v.), Old French, equivalent to r(e)- re- + allier to join; see ally
SYNONYMS FOR rally
2, 4 muster.
5 reassemble.
Related formsral·li·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rally around (1 of 2)

rally

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/ (ˈrælɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

noun plural -lies

Derived Formsrallier, noun

Word Origin for rally

C16: from Old French rallier, from re- + alier to unite; see ally

British Dictionary definitions for rally around (2 of 2)

rally

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/ (ˈrælɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

to mock or ridicule (someone) in a good-natured way; chaff; tease

Word Origin for rally

C17: from Old French railler to tease; see rail ²
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Idioms and Phrases with rally around

rally around


Join in a common effort, as in When Mom broke her leg the entire family rallied around to help. This idiom gained currency with George F. Root's famous Civil War song, “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” which urges troops to rally round the flag that goes with them into battle. [Early 1800s]

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