rally 'round the flag

rally round the flag

To show increased support or solidarity for one's government or country, especially during times of war or strife. "Round" is sometimes spelled with an apostrophe, especially in American English, to indicate a shortening of "around." There has been a huge surge in support for the prime minister as people from across the political spectrum rallied round the flag following the attack. A wartime president's reelection is usually all but guaranteed, as people tend to rally 'round the flag during war.
See also: flag, rally, round
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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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The first is the "rally 'round the flag" model, in which threats universally boost support for the leader through emotion.
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First, the "rally 'round the flag" effect (henceforth, the "rally effect") is a conventional theoretical framework to explain the impacts of threat perception on incumbent support--that is, voter approval of political leaders will increase when the country is under threat (Gaines 2002; Hetherington and Nelson 2003; Mueller 1973).
Hamas, this theory goes, is trying to change the subject from its conflict with Fatah by picking a fight with Israel in order to create a rally 'round the flag effect.
Washington, July 8 (ANI): Anger, not anxiety, is what makes people supportive of a president when a nation is going to war-a phenomenon known as the "rally 'round the flag effect", according to a study based in US.
Newman was an accomplished leading man and his oeuvre covered a range of genres and styles, from his wonderful comic performance in McCarey's Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys, to the modern male hero figure in Preminger's Exodus or the character studies of The Hustler and Hud.
"Rally 'Round The Flag: Chicago And The Civil War" by Theodore Karamanski (Professor of History, Loyola University of Chicago) is an impressive, informative, and scholarly history of Chicago history during the years of the American Civil War.
The pro-apartheid National Party gained political momentum it had lost years before, largely due to the intense "rally 'round the flag" boost that all sanctioned pariah governments - from South Africa to Iraq - tend to enjoy.
Whatever the type, they all rally 'round the flag flying Epictetus's dictum, "It is not actions but opinions concerning actions, that most irritate men."
One would think, therefore, that newspaper people would rally 'round the flag to do what they can to reverse the trend and keep the flag flying.
Rallying Song Yes, we'll rally 'round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom; We will rally from the hillside, we'll gather from the plain, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.
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