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close ranks

1. Literally, to move closer to the other troops while in a military formation. As soon as the captain called for us to close ranks, we all moved closer together.
2. By extension, to show support for someone or something, especially as a response to criticism. This phrase is typically applied to a group of people. Our family was sure to close ranks behind mom as she suffered public backlash during her campaign for mayor.
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close ranks (with someone)

to join with someone in a cause, or agreement. We can fight this menace only if we close ranks. Let's all close ranks with Ann and adopt her suggestions.
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close ranks

(behind someone or something) to support someone or something; to back someone or something. We will close ranks behind the party's nominee. Let's close ranks behind her and give her the support she needs.
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close ranks

to move closer together in a military formation. The soldiers closed ranks and marched on the enemy in tight formation.
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close ranks

Unite, work together, as in The members decided to close ranks and confront the president. This expression, dating from the late 1700s, comes from the military, where it denotes bringing troops into close order so there are no gaps in the fighting line. (A slightly earlier form was close lines.) It has been used figuratively since the mid-1800s.
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close ranks

COMMON If the members of a group close ranks, they say things to show that they support each other totally when someone who is not in their group criticizes one of their members. Note: A rank of soldiers is a line of them standing side by side. They would more likely close ranks and support their president rather than abandon him in an election year. Cabinet ministers have closed ranks behind the Prime Minister, saying there was no question of his stepping down. Note: When soldiers close ranks, they stand closer together so that it is hard for anyone to break through the line.
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close ranks

1 (of soldiers or police officers) come closer together in a line. 2 unite in order to defend common interests.
2 1998 Country Life The farming community stands to lose those privileges unless it closes ranks against the few who let the side down.
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close ˈranks

(of the members of a profession, group, etc.) co-operate closely to protect and defend each other: Although the family quarrelled a good deal among themselves, they quickly closed ranks against any outsider who criticized one of them.
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During the phone call, Hoss highlighted the importance of closing ranks on the national scene and brush aside disagreements among the political components, in order to preserve the immunity of the Lebanese ranking figures and protect the nationa;s dignity and sovereignty.
Besides, the union pointed out the importance of closing ranks ranks given the challenges facing the security institution, the statement reads.
With rookies Kim Fajardo and Ara Galang providing the ballast, F2 Logistics endured the RC Cola-Army's mighty comeback from two sets down by closing ranks in the fifth set.
He added that "to unify and coordinate the work will achieve integration and closing ranks and unite efforts to combat terrorism, which threatens peace and regional and international security, and violates the dignity and security and human rights.
The British people will not tolerate the establishment closing ranks saying we don't need an inquiry.
This was the Establishment closing ranks, making a state secret of these great creative figures.
But instead of closing ranks to mourn their brilliant boy, they've come out fighting tooth and nail.
WE HAVE now the sickening sight of the political establishment closing ranks.
Summary: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah hosted a four-way meeting of Arab leaders on Wednesday aimed at closing ranks ahead of an Arab summit at the end of March in the Qatari capital.
The case went from mysterious to downright weird, with a young nun suffering stigmata wounds and Irish travellers closing ranks to keep 'family matters' secret and exact their own brand of retribution on the guilty party.
He may well want to make a statement in his capacity as joint-president of the Jockeys' Association to (as he sees it) defend his profession, but this sort of closing ranks actually does the industry more of a disservice than those who face up to the problem.
Obviously, to the outside world, it looks like we're closing ranks against those who are talking about taking us over,'' Duffy said.
Reading Garrow's articles, you get the impression of the Court as a closed society with its own customs, its members urging obviously incapable colleagues to retire but closing ranks to protect their own.
The Roman Catholic Church is responding and not closing ranks.
When there is uncertainty, people close ranks, and everyone is closing ranks around the chairman because so far he has gotten it about right.