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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.
See also: rally

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]
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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I hope it will be the first of many World Rally Championship events that I contest as part of my rallying career.
He has been rallying for four years with his first Wales Rally GB in 2001 when he came 50th.
He has been rallying for six years and entered the 2004 Safari Rally.
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.
However,Anna has revealed her ultimate aim is to emulate her mum's rallying career as a driver.
Gallagher has enjoyed a long and proud career in rallying at the very highest levels, co-driving for no fewer than five World Rally champions.
Andrew Coe, chief executive of rally organiser International Motor Sports, said: "Wales Rally GB is the pinnacle of rallying in the UK and we are determined to maximise its pre-eminence to the full benefit of all those involved in the sport.
JK TYRE is all set to re- enter the Indian rallying scene after a long gap at this week's Rally of Maharashtra, the second race of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship.
This fifth car will be driven by an Indian rallying legend, 2002 Production World Rally Champion Karamjit Singh.
Visitors to the June 14-16 event, now in its sixth year, will get to see a schedule of on-track rallying action, with past and present WRC stars plus British Rally Championship drivers demonstrating their talents on the 1.
THE World Rally Championship rolls into Llandudno today as Wales Rally GB hosts the British round of the top rallying championship in the world.
The team devised the competition to get more people involved with the sport, and help people see that they could find a way of getting started in rallying whilst giving one extremely lucky fan, the one in a million chance of being a rally driver.
THE LANCIA Stratos, one of the most iconic rallying cars ever, is first entry in this year's Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally.