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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, 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.
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The 2003 World Rally champion is similarly being honoured at the event as this year's 'Rally Legend'.
As the prevalence of high-deductible health plans increases, consumers are assuming more responsibility for their health care costs, and they need accurate and easy-to-navigate tools to help them make the right decisions for their care," said Grant Verstandig, Rally Health founder and CEO.
Kuwait International Rally is a two-day event with a total of 13 special stages set over 250.
Last year's event took place with Conwy Castle as the start and Llandudno the finish point with Sebastien Ogier taking his first Wales Rally GB victory alongside Julien Ingrassia in the VW Polo R WRC with Jari-Matti Latvala second and young Belgian Thierry Neuville third.
Traders, student organizations, religious and minority organizations held rally near Kashmir Chowk to show solidarity with Pakistan armed forces.
RJD general secretary Ramkripal Yadav said the rally would decide the future course of politics in Bihar.
Ace Tom Cave The main battle in Wales Rally GB will be amongst the Works drivers and teams with Citroen's Sebastian Loeb looking for a win in Wales to boost his prospects of taking a ninth World Rally championship title and his team, Citroen looking for just six points from the event to seal their eighth manufacturer's title.
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.
The Lancia Stratos won the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
Rally is actively expanding its engineering, sales and management teams, plus extending its reach into international markets by doubling the size of Rally's London office.
Cadres of the Maoist youth front Young Communist League (YCL) beat up a group of people who were returning home after taking part in the peace rally at Bhaluwahi in the district headquarters today.
I personally feel I have great potential to make it big in rallies and am confident of doing well in the Hail Rally," Saleh told a press conference.
After a two-year absence from the World Rally Championship (WRC), the Cyprus Rally will be included in the International Autosport AuthorityCOs (FIA) calendar, for March 2009.
It's the second year that Ireland has hosted a round of the World Rally Championship.
Arab rally legend brings Ford Escort WRC out of retirement in curtain raiser for Kuwait International Rally