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close ranks

When the ​members of a ​group or ​organization close ​ranks, they make an ​effort to ​stayunited, ​especially in ​order to ​defend themselves from ​severecriticism: In the past, the ​party would have ​closedranks around ​itsleader and ​defended him ​loyally.
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