Can someone explain to me what this expression means? Also if possible, how can I translate it to a Romantic language, such as Spanish?

Below are some sentences that make use of this expression:

  • They rally behind one another to rebuild and help one another.
  • We must all rally behind one another to keep fighting The Good Fight.
  • Co-workers are more like family, and we all rally behind one another to achieve a common goal.

closed as off-topic by Edwin Ashworth, Kristina Lopez, TimLymington, Misti, tchrist Jul 7 '15 at 2:51

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • Hello, John. I've close-voted because this expression is explained quite clearly at CDO. The translation request is totally off-topic here. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 6 '15 at 13:22
  • @Mysti Quotes must be attributed. Is this from AHDEL, Collins ...? – Edwin Ashworth Jul 6 '15 at 13:25
  • "rally behind one another" : to draw or call together for a common action or effort. (TFD) – Misti Jul 6 '15 at 13:26

The literal definition of rally welcomes application to any metaphorical battle:

verb (rallies, rallying, rallied)

[NO OBJECT] 1.0 (Of troops) come together again in order to continue fighting after a defeat or dispersion:
De Montfort’s troops rallied and drove back the king’s infantry

1.1 [WITH OBJECT] Bring together (forces) again in order to continue fighting:
the king escaped to Perth to rally his own forces

1.2 Assemble in a mass meeting:
up to 50,000 people rallied in the city centre

1.3 Bring or come together in order to support a person or cause:
[NO OBJECT, WITH INFINITIVE]: colleagues rallied round to help Ann
[WITH OBJECT]: a series of meetings to rally support for the union

In the expressions rally around, rally to or rally behind, the object of the preposition indicates a location to gather. The reciprocal one another tends to diffuse the local meaning of the expression rally behind one another, but it suggests that in any particular crisis of the metaphoric battle:

everyone assembles behind the one who is currently under attack to support them.


When a group of people rally behind someone, it means they are uniting and cooperating to provide support to and solidarity with that person.

If people rally behind one another, it means they are uniting for a common purpose.


"Rally" comes to us from the French, to re-ally, thus to regroup for a purpose or to renew an effort.

You can do this by yourself when you rally from the depths of illness.

You can rally with another person, particularly in boxing or tennis. Or you can rally with a group, particularly if you're in a automobile driving contest.

You can do this in a group in support of another, whom you rally around or to or behind. If it's a position or cause that's important, you can rally for or against. In this sense, there's a leader (literal or figurative) who gains the support of the crowd lending that support, so it's a little odd for the crowd to rally behind one another because they are both the supporters and the supported.

But the meaning of mutual support is clear.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.