circle the wagons


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circle the wagons

to stop communicating with people not in your group to avoid their ideas or beliefs Americans are feeling it is an especially good time to spend time with family, to circle the wagons.
Etymology: based on the custom of bringing wagons (vehicles pulled by horses) into a circle when they are being attacked
See also: circle, wagon

circle the wagons

To take a defensive position; become defensive.
See also: circle, wagon
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THe only player to start every one of misfiring Ireland's four Test warm-up defeats says the squad will circle the wagons in the face of the widespread negativity they are now facing.
Photo: Drivers circle the wagons for an evening's layover.
No doubt the Tory party will circle the wagons today in Parliament, with Conservative MPs whipped to express confidence in one of their own.
Now we will circle the wagons and start setting our sights on Twickenham.
HIBS fans moved quickly yesterday to circle the wagons around boss Bobby Williamson.
Dai turned to me and said it was time to circle the wagons.
The move was viewed as a PRI effort to circle the wagons after losing several key races to the opposition in November elections in three Mexican states.
He doesn't so much as hint as to when to surrender and when to circle the wagons.
Circle the wagons boys, cause this Native American beauty is on the war path.
As the fantastic attendance on Wednesday showed, when we're under attack, we might moan, but we circle the wagons and pull together.
McConnell's spokesman hit back: "The First Minister believes that the worst kneejerk reaction of all is from social workers and union leaders whose first instinct is always to circle the wagons and defend their staff whenever questions are asked about protecting vulnerable children.