To Close Ranks

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To present a united front.


Mel Gibson did a masterful job of closing ranks in every one of his blood and gore movies.


In old-time European armies, soldiers were aligned side by side, in neat rows, or ranks, on the battlefield. When the enemy attacked, officers would order the troops to close ranks - to move the rows close together - so that the enemy faced a seemingly impregnable mass of men.

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