circle the wagons


circle the wagons
a call of warning in the American Wild West, used by people travelling together in a line of wagons. When they were in a dangerous situation, such as an attack by Native Americans, they formed a circle with the wagons as a protective barrier. The expression is now sometimes used in a humorous way when problems occur.

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