return to the fold

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.
Meanwhile, MacKenzie admits his return to the fold wasn't the prettiest following a testing encounter with Brechin City.
Kapalong, Davao del Norte - Deep in a communist rebel-infested area, Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza echoed calls made by President Rodrigo Duterte for indigenous peoples (IPs) to unite and urge their fellow lumads to return to the fold of the law after joining the insurgency.
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.
Ragno said that while they were ready to face the rebels, they continued to appeal to them to return to the fold of the law.
His return to the fold is in line with JLLs Beyond strategy to achieve the next phase of its expansion in the country, wherein key senior talent is being inducted to complement its already robust leadership.
That's the reason why we are so confident that Van Dijk will eventually return to the fold.
That's why Southampton 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.
Llandudno's |Evans is Defender Danny Taylor will also be unavailable for Tudno at Park Avenue, while attacker Liam Dawson makes a welcome return to the fold.
Political alliances, clan efforts to recruit new allies and return to the fold, a dangerous game that is being played on and off-world, and a series of political interactions that threaten to bring everything down makes for a powerful survey especially recommended for prior fans of the Liaden Universe and its intricate progression.
As a lifelong Labour voter I'd love to return to the fold, but I can't find anything in the " Tory lite" policies on offer to compel me to do so.
But the French teams have been coming under increasing pressure from their Federation (FFR) to abandon the RCC and return to the fold.
The Reds missed Daniel Sturridge on that occasion but the ex-Chelsea man has formed a potent partnership with Luis Suarez since the latter's return to the fold following his ban.
au, Watson stood down from the vice-captaincy after the India tour, a move interpreted as a symptom of his then tense relationship with captain Michael Clarke, although his elevation might be considered something of a return to the fold.