One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a group) unite in defense of a common interest.
- ‘They want to circle the wagons and say there's no problem.’
- ‘The press office responded to criticism by circling the wagons and freezing out reporters.’
- ‘The Cuban people continue to circle the wagons around him in response to efforts to bring down his government.’
- ‘Conservatives circled the wagons around him after his comments about homosexuality.’
- ‘The public health people have been circling the wagons to cover up the facts!’
- ‘As we expected, you are trying to circle the wagons to protect your hold on power.’
- ‘We all went through some tough times together, but we really circled the wagons.’
- ‘We seem to be circling the wagons for self-protection.’
- ‘The establishment's response has been to circle the wagons.’
- ‘All professional organizations are known to circle the wagons at the first signs of trouble.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.