ally

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ally (oneself) to

To join or unite with another person or group. In order to survive the attack, I allied myself to the invading soldiers. We need to ally ourselves to management if we want to keep our jobs.
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pass in your ally

obsolete To perish or die. Primarily heard in Australia. You should make amends with your son before you pass in your ally.
See also: ally, pass

olly olly oxen free

A phrase used to indicate that it is OK to come home or to a home base. It is commonly used in children's games. All the kids ran back to the starting point when Brian yelled, "Olly olly oxen free!"
See also: free, olly, oxen

ally

One who actively supports a marginalized group without personally being a part of that group. If you're an ally, you don't usually call yourself an ally. You just work for justice.

ally oneself to someone or something

to unite or affiliate oneself with someone or something. She sought to ally herself to the older members. Jane allied herself to the teacher almost immediately.
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ally (oneself) (with someone) (against someone or something)

to unite with someone in opposition to someone or something. Sally allied herself with John against the committee. We allied with the older ones against the younger ones. They allied themselves against the attackers.

pass in your ally

die. Australian informal
In this phrase, an ally is a toy marble made of marble, alabaster, or glass.
See also: ally, pass
References in classic literature ?
To effect this design, he had need of an ally whom he could trust.
The netizen then asked Locsin if China was indeed an ally of the Philippines.
@teddyboylocsin Is China an ally of the Philippines?
You can't make an ally out of a near power - too close for comfort,' Locsin said in an earlier tweet.
Ally Bank has launched the Ally cashback credit card program, featuring an additional 10 percent bonus if cash back rewards are redeemed into an Ally Bank non-IRA online savings, interest checking or money market account, the company said.
An ally is an individual who speaks out and stands up for a person or group that is targeted and/or discriminated against.
They would like help in forming an Ally MacLeod Trust to raise funds to support those suffering an illness that is now being closely linked to the post-war game.
A common thread throughout the new campaign is the "Your Money Needs an Ally" tagline.