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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
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Blues captain Michael Morrison returns to the fold after being left out against Bournemouth as Redknapp erred on the side of caution after the defender broke his nose against Bolton Wanderers.
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Top scorer of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations, Emmanuel Emenike, back from injury, returns to the fold. However, injured Nosa Igiebor and Reuben Gabriel are the surprise inclusion in the squad while the Keshi snubbed Ikechukwu Uche, Dynamo Kiev's Brown Ideye, Hull City's Sone Aluko and Fegor Ogude who have had enjoyed productive seasons.
The Inquirer quoted the head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) political affairs head, Ghadzali Jaafar, as saying: "Until Ameril Umbra Kato returns to the fold of the MILF, he is a lost command."
The New South Wales State-of-Origin star returns to the fold after missing the last three games with a back injury and will be in contention to start against Shaun McRae's side.
(10pm) Bill Bailey returns to the fold with his Tinselworm show, filmed at Wembley Arena at the end of his sell-out 2007 tour.
In-form opener Upul Tharanga returns to the fold in the wake of Marvan Atapattu's retirement and Malinga Bandara has been chosen as a second spin option.
The Scotsman returns to the fold for his home event after nearly two years on the sidelines, during which time he has driven in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Dakar Rally.
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Jim Lauchlan returns to the fold after suspension but midfielder Charlie Miller is still struggling with a dead leg.
He then needs to be rehabilitated and made to realize his indiscretion, and turn over a new leaf once he returns to the fold of society.
ALBUMS The Darkness Hot Cakes After a spell in rehab, Justin Hawkins returns to the fold and it is like The Darkness have never been away.
Prop Adam Peek returns to the fold after missing last weekend's 35-34 Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round defeat to Catalans Dragons with a shoulder injury.