return to the fold

return to the fold

Come back to a group after an absence, as in Matthew taught for a number of years, but now he's returned to the fold as vice-president of the firm . This term employs fold in the sense of "an enclosure for sheep," which has been used figuratively since the first half of the 1300s.
See also: fold, return
References in classic literature ?
All of which signifies that the hobos had better strike out and do some lively begging in order to get the wherewithal to celebrate my return to the fold after a year's separation.
North Coast (definitely something in the water up there) trio Two Glass Eyes bring the noise as headliners, while Windowseats continue a long awaited return to the fold as main support.
Llandudno's |Evans is Defender Danny Taylor will also be unavailable for Tudno at Park Avenue, while attacker Liam Dawson makes a welcome return to the fold.
Political alliances, clan efforts to recruit new allies and return to the fold, a dangerous game that is being played on and off-world, and a series of political interactions that threaten to bring everything down makes for a powerful survey especially recommended for prior fans of the Liaden Universe and its intricate progression.
As a lifelong Labour voter I'd love to return to the fold, but I can't find anything in the " Tory lite" policies on offer to compel me to do so.
But the French teams have been coming under increasing pressure from their Federation (FFR) to abandon the RCC and return to the fold.
The Reds missed Daniel Sturridge on that occasion but the ex-Chelsea man has formed a potent partnership with Luis Suarez since the latter's return to the fold following his ban.
au, Watson stood down from the vice-captaincy after the India tour, a move interpreted as a symptom of his then tense relationship with captain Michael Clarke, although his elevation might be considered something of a return to the fold.
However, after several weeks of talks, the Senegal international and the club have now found a solution and the player, who missed the club's pre-season training camp in Portugal as a result of his stance, will return to the fold.
Following the conclusion of the West Asian Championship, Nijmeh talisman and captain Abass Atwi will return to the fold, and the Beirut side will be focused on clawing back the five-point lead from Safa.
KEVIN PIETERSEN is in line for a sensational England comeback - with skipper Alastair Cook backing his return to the fold.
He wished for a real solution to the Bangsamoro problem," Al Haq said while calling on Kato's followers to return to the fold.
Spurs triumphed 2-0, Emmanuel Adebayor scoring both goals, as they celebrated Redknapp's return to the fold following a minor heart procedure.
The night marked the return to the fold of former Waterford racing manager Eamonn Mackey, who admitted to being "delighted" with the way it went.
I do hope the club will give serious consideration to installing him as manager, and I feel sure many disillusioned supporters would return to the fold.