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rally around someone or something

Fig. to unite or assemble in support of someone or something. All the other workers rallied around Fred in his fight with management. They rallied around the principle that Fred stood for.
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rally to someone or something

to unite in support of someone or something. The students rallied to Betty, their elected president. We all rallied to the cause.
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pep someone up

Invigorate someone or cheer someone up, as in This drink will pep you up, or The good news about his recovery pepped us up. [1920s] Both the verb pep and the noun pep, denoting vigor and energy since about 1910, are abbreviations for pepper, a spice with a pungent, biting quality. They also have given rise to pep rally, a meeting to inspire enthusiasm [c. 1940], and pep talk, a speech meant to instill enthusiasm or bolster morale [1920s].
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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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rally

(ˈræli)
1. n. get-together of some kind; a party, usually informal, possibly spontaneous. There’s a rally over at Tom’s tonight.
2. in. to hold a get-together of some kind; to party. (Collegiate.) Let’s rally tonight about midnight.
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Operation Gratitude now holds two rallies a year, usually around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, so packages arrive overseas around July 4 and Christmas, respectively.
You never know what surprises will occur at the Operation Gratitude rallies, Blashek said.
Hibbs also won the 1989 Esso South American Rally and has competed in numerous endurance rallies in the Pacific Rim.
During bear market rallies we breathe a big sigh of relief, as though the bully has finally stopped twisting our arm.
In 1996, more than 1 million men attended rallies at 22 stadiums.
The Madison Square Garden rally is the sixth in a series of volunteer-coordinated rallies that have drawn crowds across the country, demonstrating a groundswell of grassroots support for Nader/LaDuke.
In conjunction with the national event, several rallies are planned in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley area today.
PTC (NASDAQ:PMTC), a leading provider of collaborative product commerce (CPC) solutions, today announced that it has formed a performance partnership with the SEAT Sport Rallies World Championship race team of Barcelona, Spain.
FTAC produced earlier rallies this year in Burbank and Sacramento to advance support of the two bills that now will go before the Senate's Appropriations Committee, having already been approved by the Assembly and the Senate's Revenue and Taxation Committee.
rallies are expected to attract 10,000-12,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to Greater Milwaukee.
As with this event, Libra Racing will also enter a second Tiburon in selected 1999 rallies.