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circle the wagons

Definition of circle the wagons in English:

North American informal (Of a group) unite in defense of a common interest.
[With reference to the defensive position of a wagon train under attack]
Example sentences
  • We seem to be circling the wagons for self-protection.
  • Conservatives circled the wagons around him after his comments about homosexuality.
  • We all went through some tough times together, but we really circled the wagons.
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