return to the fold

return to the fold

1. To begin participating in, belonging to, or supporting some group, activity, or field that one left for a period of time in the past. After stepping away from politics for nearly ten years, the former governor is returning to the fold with his bid for the presidency. Danielson stated that she would be returning to the fold as the new head coach of her alma mater's rugby team.
2. To cause or compel someone to begin participating in, belonging to, or supporting some group, activity, or field that they left for a period of time in the past. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "return" and "fold." The video game publisher is attempting to return lapsed gamers to the fold with its innovative new home console. The company plans on returning the former CEO to the fold as an advisor.
See also: fold, return

return to the fold

Come back to a group after an absence, as in Matthew taught for a number of years, but now he's returned to the fold as vice-president of the firm . This term employs fold in the sense of "an enclosure for sheep," which has been used figuratively since the first half of the 1300s.
See also: fold, return

return to the fold

If someone returns to the fold, they start to belong to or support a group of people that they belonged to or supported in the past. He had left the party just before the peace deal was signed, but has since returned to the fold. Note: You can also say that someone comes back to the fold. A price cut is another way to get customers to come back to the fold. Note: You can say that someone brings someone back to the fold, to mean that they cause them to return to a group. The Government should ensure that the small and medium exporters are brought back to the fold.
See also: fold, return

return to the fold

come back to the community of beliefs or principles you originally belonged to, having previously repudiated it.
The image is of a lost sheep returning to its fold. It can be expressed in various other wordings (e.g. ‘They welcomed him back to the fold ’).
2004 The Cherwell Magazine Online Blair's sudden rush to get it onto the statute books in time for the 2005 election is a shrewd political manoeuvre designed to encourage the party faithful, many of whom were alienated over Iraq, to return to the fold.
See also: fold, return

reˌturn to the ˈfold

(literary) come back to a group or community (especially a religious or political society): She left the party 10 years ago but has recently returned to the fold.
A fold is a place where sheep are kept and so can mean a group of people who share the same ideas and beliefs.
See also: fold, return
References in classic literature ?
"All of which signifies that the hobos had better strike out and do some lively begging in order to get the wherewithal to celebrate my return to the fold after a year's separation.
A live X Factor performance marked his return to the fold.
Gasalatan said the surrenderee decided to return to the fold of the law upon seeing that his former comrades who surrendered ahead of him were already "living a peaceful life."
Duterte urges NPA anew to return to the fold of law !-- -- Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines President Duterte has urged members of the New People's Army (NPA) to return to the fold of the law as he assured them that the governmentis ready to provide them with shelter, jobs and livelihood.
'These rebels decided to return to the fold of the law due to our relentless combat operations and community support programs in the geographically isolated and disadvantage areas,' Teofilo said.
"The ODM leader has told her that she will return to the fold only after apologising.
Smith will again be without the suspended John McGinn but new signing Tom Carroll could return to the fold.
The centre-half has not featured since suffering a back injury in a 2-0 loss at Crawley Town on New Year's Day, but is now ready to return to the fold.
Buenos AIRES: Claiming that Lionel Messi has given Argentina much more than he has received in return, Argentine Football Association (AFA) President Claudio Tapia said on Thursday that he will not put any pressure on the FC Barcelona star to return to the fold."We have to be thankful.
The 26-yearold could now return to the fold ahead of next month's UEFA League of Nations qualifiers against Ireland and Denmark, with Giggs expected to make a fresh attempt to get the left-back on board.
'You know my position very well,' he said, referring to his repeated calls for UPP members, led by its president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, to return to the fold.
Starlet Harry Cochrane is also set to return to the fold after suffering a neck injury in a challenge by Celtic captain Scott Brown at Parkhead last month.
That's why Southampton are so confident that Van Dijk will eventually return to the fold."
"That's the reason why we are so confident that Van Dijk will eventually return to the fold."
Marren, who is trying to address a persistent knee injury, is expected to return to the fold in plenty of time to be ready for Championship action.