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Circle the Wagons

What Does "Circle the Wagons" Mean?

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"Circle the wagons" is an English idiom. It means "to become defensive and unified in response to a threat or criticism."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "circle the wagons" used in a sentence:
  • Whenever their policies are questioned, they immediately circle the wagons.
  • The family circled the wagons when rumors about their business started circulating.
  • You can't just circle the wagons every time someone has a critique.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Circle the Wagons" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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