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close ranks

to move closer together

TRANSLATION

zusammenhalten, zusammenr├╝cken, zusammenstehen

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"Russia CLOSES RANKS with EU -- The European Union and Russia are to boost security co-operation to an unprecedented level following the attacks on the United States, with monthly consultations on foreign and defence policy."

(BBC News - 3rd October 2001)

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close ranks

This phrase comes from the military and means to strengthen a position by bringing forces together.

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