rallying cry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rallying cry a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
    • n rallying cry a slogan used to rally support for a cause "a cry to arms","our watchword will be `democracy'"
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Usage

In literature:

The rallying cry of the band of malcontent farmers was the yelp of a wolf.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Civilization left the parting of the ways when Woodrow Wilson's rallying cry for world democratization led America into the war.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Vain the rallying cry of a fighting chief.
"To The Front" by Charles King
To them Canada's demand for responsible {419} government seemed the rallying cry of an impending republic.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
It has only been a rallying-cry for war, an excuse for the bigot to burn his neighbour.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Behind him the desperadoes were rallying, cursing hoarsely, and crying to each other.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
A few trembled, but Wulfbert, rallying his ranks, cried: 'Cowards!
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
They are marching from both sides, with the same rallying cry, Fraternity and sacrifice!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
God bless you for the rallying cry, and may there be such a gathering of patriotic women as the times demand.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
Her scattered guard rallied at her cry and rushed for us.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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In poetry:

FOR KING AND COUNTRY was a rallying cry
That turned men's hearts to fire, their nerves to steel;
Not to unheeding ears did it appeal,
A pulpit formula, a platform lie.
"Patriotism" by Robert Fuller Murray
"Rally! For shame!" rang out a cry
Forth from the thundering vortex cast;
A voice so steady, clear, and high,
It sounded like a bugle-blast
Blown from the lips of victory.
"An Incident Of War" by Maurice Thompson
In the lone, ghostly midnight, he raves as he lies,
With death's ashen pallidness dimming his eyes:
He shouts the sharp war-cry,--he rallies his men,--
He is on the red field of Manassas again.
"Beechenbrook - III" by Margaret Junkin Preston
And scarce had he raised his rallying cry,
Scarce had he called one note,
When he died, as ever a foo must die,
With his war-song still in his throat.
And an open ditch was the hasty grave
Of the Fool who fathered a hopeless Slave.
"Son of a Fool" by C J Dennis
They wore no coat of armour, the boys in twilight days–
They sang no classic music, but the old 'Come all ye' lays;
For armed with axe and handspike, each giant tree their foe,
They rallied to the battle-cry of 'Gee!' 'G'lang!' and 'Whoa!'
"An Idyl Of The Farm" by Thomas O Hagan

In news:

Now we have a rallying cry.
President Barack Obama says he regrets the wording he used in his "didn't build that" speech that Republicans have used as their own rallying cry.
Rallying cries were … cried.
That was the rallying cry for many candidates of both parties, but if you listened closely, you heard little in the way of specifics.
Apparently, "tax the billionaires" is a better rallying cry for his reelection campaign than "look at my record.
Time for the college application season rally cry .
With Release of Teacher Data, Setback for Union Turns Into a Rallying Cry.
Boy's Brutal Death Becomes Rallying Cry For Syrians.
It may have turned into a rallying cry for a team that already thought of itself as an underdog before it actually became one.
For the team and their fans, it's a rallying cry.
Toys "R" Us' holiday rallying cry for the last six years has been: "We're playing to win".
The story of her video and subsequent suicide has been a rallying cry across the web this week.
The meaning of "WAAWU," the Watchung Hills rally cry.
These days, Wilson's fan-friendly rallying cry seems to working just fine.
It's a rally cry to hit the mountains.
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In science:

Albert Yu’s cheerily optimistic “there is no problem which cannot be solved” has been my rallying cry more than once.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
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