rally around

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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: around, rally
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A fleet of classic cars will form a rally around Nuneaton before going on display in the town centre
BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour called Sunday on the Druze community in Syria to reconcile with their countrymen in the Deraa province and rally around MP Walid Jumblatt.
Toppled president Hosni Mubarak, awaiting trial over his role in the deaths of protesters, believes Egyptians should rally around his Islamist successor and end violent protests, his lawyer told AFP on Mar 11.
President Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with Deputy Premier, Foreign and Espatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, in Tehran on Saturday, asserting that Syria will overcome the crisis due to the wisdom of its leadership and its people's rally around it.
It makes it all the more obvious that relatives and friends have to rally around as well to ensure these elderly and vulnerable people don't go short of liquid intake and food.
His remaining friends rally around, risking their own health, to successfully sort out the problem.
NOW both the Labour and Tory conferences are out of the way, rebellious Labour MPs should stop speaking out and get on with the business of winning the next general election and rally around Gordon Brown.
"It is important the fans continue to rally around the club and get behind the team as we have a big game coming up against Bradford (on Saturday).
The Journal is calling on the region to rally around Northern Rock, asking members and supporters of all those organisations which have been helped by the Rock and its foundation, as well as our readers and the wider North-East community, to demonstrate their faith by opening an account.
We're really looking at a three-to-five year process for claim organizations to rally around predictive analytics and get the technology instituted."
I believe that our community and I believe that our students are all going to rally around this," college president Donald Day said.
Youth around the nation will rally around tobacco awareness this month as part of the annual Kick Butts Day, and public health workers can help.
It will need an American people who understand the importance of the ruling and who rally around its powerful clarion call of liberty.
The fact that I was running I think, gave the LGBT community a person to rally around. Also, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed me and gave me $20,000 toward my campaign.
"The revival of the romance of the anti-war left is a potential disaster for the Democrats," Alter wrote, reminding readers that "ideologically pure liberals who backed Eugene McCarthy in the primaries refused to rally around Hubert Humphrey because Humphrey was 'complicit' in the Vietnam War machine." Hence, Richard Nixon's win in 1968.