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rally to (someone or something)

1. To unite or join with someone or something to lend support or assistance. The local community has rallied to the family after it emerged that they were unable to pay their son's medical expenses. It has been extraordinary seeing people rally to the movement with such enthusiasm.
2. To cause, compel, or incite someone to unite or join with someone or something else to lend support or assistance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rally" and "to." We've been canvassing neighborhoods around the county in an effort to rally people to our cause. A group of fans has been trying to rally people to the actor following the scandalous allegations against him.
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rally around

To unite or join with someone or something to lend support or assistance. The local community has rallied around the family after it emerged that they were unable to pay their son's medical expenses. Our campaign will only be successful if enough people rally around and help spread and support our cause.
See also: around, rally

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].
See also: pep, someone, up

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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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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The development proved beyond doubt that the new timing technology is something that will benefit immensely, not only to clubs that organize rallies, but also to the rest of the motor sports fraternity and KNRC series.
Security plan was finalized for PPP and PML-N's rallies in Karachi.
I am happy to return once again to Saudi Arabia, and am pleased to have trained Abdullah Bakhashab and proud of his achievements in the rallies in which he participated over the years," Gwynne said.
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.
During bear market rallies we breathe a big sigh of relief, as though the bully has finally stopped twisting our arm.
Among the drivers are Doug Shepherd, a Chrysler engineer from Detroit, who has been racing in rallies since 1973, when he was 18.
The DS650 Baja ATV was developed in honour of the DS650's spectacular victory in the 2000 Baja Challenge, one of the longest and most demanding desert rallies in the world and was named ATV of the Year in 2002 by The Canadian ATV Guide.
While some rallies have seen entries drop in the current economic climate the Nicky Grist Stages looks set to start close to a capacity entry, highlighting its popularity with competitors.
Criticized in the past for its lack of minority participation at the rallies, the ministry last year exhorted its members to bring men of color with them this year.
American Biker has developed key partnerships with specialty distributors and retailers for the distribution of its "American Biker Line" at the Sturgis and other major bike rallies like Daytona.
Rather than watch football and films of violence and yell at their families and be irresponsible, we call men to take their rightful roles in society, to be men who honor their families and walk with God,'' said attorney Wicks Stephens, 62, of Sherman Oaks, a veteran of several Promise Keepers rallies.
CITAC's meager Capitol rally stands in stark contrast to the more than 20,000 workers and community activists supporting continuation of the steel tariffs who attended five different rallies around the country on September 20.
In conjunction with the national event, several rallies are planned in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley area today.
Take the Pledge rallies nationwide on September 24th, includes
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.