One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of soldiers or police officers) come closer together in a line.
- ‘As the sons and daughters of professional Army officers, our impulse was to close ranks and stand where we were told to stand.’
- ‘I think that when the police feel under attack they tend to close ranks.’
- 1.1 Unite in order to defend common interests.‘the family had always closed ranks in times of crisis’
- ‘It is not, however, clear that the community is united enough yet to effectively close ranks against coalition forces.’
- ‘The teammates, all female, asserted that her terrifying behavior that day justified their permanently closing ranks against her.’
- ‘But this morning, the Administration's best and brightest were closing ranks.’
- ‘When an academic exposes some problem such as favouritism, plagiarism or sexual abuse, it is common for senior academics and administrators to close ranks and squelch open discussion.’
- ‘Why don't we close ranks, to face these economic interests?’
- ‘The food industry was closing ranks today over the prospect of introducing a traffic light-style scheme to label the healthiness of foods.’
- ‘Their unprecedented public embrace confirmed the government was closing ranks against a common foe.’
- ‘We should both call on all our supporters to prepare themselves to close ranks as Americans and unite the country behind the winner as soon as this process is complete.’
- ‘But independent pharmacists are already closing ranks to fight any proposed changes.’
- ‘Publicly, the party was one step closer to closing ranks.’
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