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join forces

Act together, combine efforts. For example, The public relations people joined forces to get better coverage for their candidates. This expression originally referred to combining military forces. [ Mid-1500s ]
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  • Eleazar held the court of the Temple, but soon overpowered by John was forced to join forces with him.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
  • We will join forces to win the money back from Lieutenant Lorenzi.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • It may be necessary for us to join forces; if so they can mount our whole party.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Naturally, she wants to be certain, in order that you may join forces.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • And Urban's successor might be even more reluctant to join forces with the Tartars than Urban had been.

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