rally round the flag

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rally round the flag

To show increased support or solidarity for one's government or country, especially during times of war or strife. "Round" is sometimes spelled with an apostrophe, especially in American English, to indicate a shortening of "around." There has been a huge surge in support for the prime minister as people from across the political spectrum rallied round the flag following the attack. A wartime president's reelection is usually all but guaranteed, as people tend to rally 'round the flag during war.
See also: flag, rally, round
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rally 'round the flag

Support a candidate, cause, or country. The phrase was ascribed to General Andrew Jackson at the battle of New Orleans but soon came to be used in American politics for supporting a campaign. It entered the vocabulary once and for all with George F. Root’s Civil War song “The Battle Cry of Freedom”: “Rally ’round the flag, boys, Rally once again, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.”
See also: flag, rally
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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