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English definition of “close ranks”

close ranks

When the members of a group or organization close ranks , they make an effort to stay united , especially in order to defend themselves from severe criticism : In the past, the party would have closed ranks around its leader and defended him loyally .Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
(Definition of close ranks from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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