Definition of battle cry in US English:

battle cry

noun

  • 1A word or phrase shouted by soldiers going into battle to express solidarity and intimidate the enemy.

    • ‘Peter, who was squinting from all the dust and gun smoke, was yelling a battle cry as he fired upon them.’
    • ‘She yelled out a battle cry, and charged off after everyone else.’
    • ‘Both hunters quickly mounted and shouted a barbaric battle cry to their enemies.’
    • ‘They were shouting what sounded like a battle cry.’
    • ‘Then they heard a loud yell, almost like a battle cry, but they couldn't quit make it out.’
    • ‘He wipes at his mouth and yells out in a battle cry, rushing at Zack.’
    • ‘With those words, all of the men let out a battle cry, and ran towards other houses.’
    • ‘But those words were like a battle cry ringing inside my head.’
    • ‘He was waiting for a shout from his guards, a battle cry, but nothing came from behind him.’
    • ‘Mordon turned his horse around then shouted a battle cry.’
    • ‘With that being said, all the other generals, and even the guards shouted the battle cry, confident of the victory in upcoming battles.’
    • ‘Then Ryane's army charged, yelling a different battle cry, one more valiant and brave.’
    • ‘With a rousing battle cry, thousands of Linoan soldiers ran forward to fight for their families.’
    • ‘The captain of his flagship, RSS Tarus, was heard whooping a battle cry through the com unit.’
    • ‘The crowd of soldiers cheered and cried out their battle cry.’
    • ‘Every confederate soldier gave a loud battle cry and with their muskets, pistols, and sabers raised, they ran toward the Union army.’
    • ‘I yelled out my battle cry and jumped across the board, landing on Melanie and flattening her to the ground.’
    • ‘Someone was shouting and someone was yelling a battle cry.’
    • ‘The men charged forward and yelled their battle cry as they sprinted down the slope.’
    • ‘As one who stood in the midst of the battlefields of that war, I can tell you that our battle cry had nothing to do with race or sexuality; no, it was about the music.’
    war cry, war whoop, rallying call, rallying cry, cry
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    1. 1.1 A slogan expressing the ideals of people promoting a cause.
      • ‘Perhaps the Democratic Party should consider a new battle cry should their most famous face decide to enter the presidential race in 2004.’
      • ‘These 14 words, the battle cry for many white supremacists, are accredited to David Lane, once a member of The Order and now in prison.’
      • ‘Patriotism is a word often used these days, but for the Portsmouth shipyard workers, it's much more than just a word, or even a flag-waving battle cry.’
      • ‘As the Texas Revolution proceeded, the words 'Remember the Alamo' became a battle cry.’
      • ‘‘Gridlock, Not Action’ had become the battle cry of the new Democratic minority now committed to blocking Republican initiatives.’
      • ‘The battle cry of the victorious Selby Conservative council candidates team was ‘time for change’ and this is exactly what was delivered by Selby residents on Thursday when the Tories swept back to power at the local elections.’
      • ‘‘We care’ was the battle cry of Patrick Manning at the last election.’
      • ‘Thus, Ralph Waldo Emerson shouts the battle cry of modernity: ‘Trust thyself.’’
      • ‘Annie articulates the new feminist battle cry.’
      slogan, motto, watchword, catchphrase, catchword, byword, shibboleth
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Pronunciation

battle cry

/ˈbadl ˌkrī//ˈbædl ˌkraɪ/