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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.
See also: rally

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]
See also: around, rally


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 event may have moved date in the calendar, but one thing for sure is there is plenty for Welsh rallying fans to cheer about.
Currently, four manufacturers are spending upwards of $60 million each year to get a piece of the fame rallying can offer manufacturers outside the U.
We rally because it's fun," says Takayoshi Yoshihashi, senior executive VP of Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, which won the manufacturer's tide in world rallying in 1995, '96, and '97.
He has been rallying for six years and entered the 2004 Safari Rally.
Andrew Coe, Chief Executive Rally GB Ltd, comments, 'The privateer teams are what make rallying such a special, exciting and inclusive sport.
That is why we will be using the 2013 event to announce an exciting new initiative for British rallying.
This is at the request of the landowners and police and to minimise issues which affect rallying in this area," he said.
RALLYING: The ninth running of The D & C Rallying Gareth Hall Memorial Rally will take place on Sunday, July 14, hosted by Bala & District Motor Club.
GREAT SUTTON'S Anna Marchbank is ready to follow in her dadAndy's rallying footsteps.
However,Anna has revealed her ultimate aim is to emulate her mum's rallying career as a driver.
Visitors to the 2013 Pageant, which takes place on June 14-16, will get to see a packed schedule of on-track rallying action, with past and present WRC stars plus British Rally Championship drivers demonstrating their talents on the 1.
The rally machinery being showcased will include thoroughbred WRC cars, together with entrants to the British Rally Championship and a selection of the best historic rallying icons.