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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.
See also: around, rally

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.

rally 'round the flag

Support a candidate, cause, or country. The phrase was ascribed to General Andrew Jackson at the battle of New Orleans but soon came to be used in American politics for supporting a campaign. It entered the vocabulary once and for all with George F. Root’s Civil War song “The Battle Cry of Freedom”: “Rally ’round the flag, boys, Rally once again, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.”
See also: flag, rally
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And sure to put in a challenge for the overall win, will be the 2008 Cambrian winner Ruthin based Hugh Hunter, who is contesting the BTRDA Championship series this year in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car with experienced codriver Rob Fagg on the notes.
However, representing Pakistan Peoples' Party, Latif Khosa defended the step of holding the rally and submitted that constitution guarantees right of protest.
At the time that the rally was in Rawat, he had said they were on the way to meet with the team.
The Rajya Sabha member, however, refrained from saying anything on Sharad Yadav's participation in the rally.
Simultaneously, with the support of the Cyprus Tourist Organisation, the Love Cyprus Golden Stage returns to the national rally.
Following the conclusion of this weekend's Wales Rally GB, Gallagher's role will be assumed by deputy clerk of the course and British Rally Championship manager Iain Campbell.
Kamil Ali Agha and Mian Mohammad Muneer led the rally from Muslim League
Also running on the same billing is the Wales Rally GB National, a clubman rallying event which uses a single run through each of the stages used by the WRC crews, giving nine special stages in total.
Now Scott has been shortlisted as one of the semi-final hopefuls of the competition and has the chance to prove that he has what it takes to start a professional rally driving career.
Colombo, May 3 -- Sources from Bandarawela said that about 1,500 people only attended the United National Party's May Day rally held in Bandarawela, in contrast to the United People's Freedom Alliance May Day rally which was attended by several hundred thousand people - a crowd never seen in Sri Lanka for any of the rallies, the UNP rally as the main opposition rally has been an utter flop.
THE LANCIA Stratos, one of the most iconic rallying cars ever, is first entry in this year's Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally.
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The Maoists, whose indefinite general strike has entered the sixth day in a row today, also thrashed some of the rally goers in different districts.
JEDDAH: Saleh Al-Saleh, who was recently selected to take part in the upcoming Hail Rally, said here on Monday night that he was confident of winning the event.
CAVAN is to host a stage of Rally Ireland in January 2009.