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battle cry

1. A shout or chant issued by soldiers, especially when charging into battle. Let the enemy hear our battle cry from miles away; let them fear us from afar.
2. A particular slogan, chant, or motto used by a group or its proponents to generate enthusiasm and support. "No New Taxes" has become the new congressional candidate's battle cry for this election. The stadium shook with the battle cry of the team's home fans.
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battle cry

A slogan used in any campaign or movement. Originally used literally by soldiers or their commanders, the term was transferred to less bloody usages, such as rallying supporters in a political campaign. George Bernard Shaw played on it in Man and Superman (1905): “A good cry is half the battle.”
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