Idiom: Close ranks
If members of an organisation close ranks, they show support for each other publicly, especially when being criticised. It is a military term- when soldiers close ranks, they stand closer together so that it is difficult to pass through them.Country: International English | Subject Area: War, weapons and conflict | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
- Close call
- Close but no cigar
- Close to the chest
- Close the stable door after the horse has bolted
- Sail close to the wind
- Close to the vest
- Close to your heart
- Close shave
- Close at hand
- Close lipped
- Close the book
- Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades
- Rise through the ranks
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