circle the wagons

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Etymology[edit]

From the practice of drawing the wagons of a wagon-train into a circle to protect against attack, and also to keep cattle and other livestock within.

Verb[edit]

circle the wagons

  1. To draw a wagon train into a circle to allow the wagons to provide cover when under attack.
  2. (idiomatic) To prepare to defend against an attack or criticism.

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