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    close ranks / in face / influx / focus their efforts

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following excerpt from an English text?

    “Pakistan and Afghan Taliban close ranks in face of US influx.
    Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban leader, persuaded the Pakistani Taliban to focus their efforts on the fight in Afghanistan against American troops.”

    close ranks = unite, work together

    influx = a flowing in

    in face = in opposition to or defiance of.

    focus their efforts = join their forces with

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: close ranks / in face / influx / focus their efforts

    For 'focus their efforts' there doesn't have to be a joining- just a concentration or focus on a target.

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    #3

    Re: close ranks / in face / influx / focus their efforts

    Dear vil:

    Also, 'in the face of' doesn't necessarily mean 'in defiance of', it can just mean 'when confronting', 'when facing.'

    Best wishes,

    Petra


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    Re: close ranks / in face / influx / focus their efforts

    "to close ranks" is more than just working together. It is ensuring that you jointly or mutually present an undivided and impenetrable face to the opposition. What regiments do when under direct attack on the battlefield, by moving together and closing up the ranks of men.

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