choose sides

choose sides

1. To ally or agree with one person or group in an argument. I refuse to choose sides between my two daughters! I didn't intend to choose sides, but Nancy made the stronger case.
2. To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose sides!
See also: choose, side

choose (up) sides

to select from a group to be on opposing sides for a debate, fight, or game. (Fixed order.) Let's choose up sides and play basketball. The children chose up sides and began the game.
See also: choose, side
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The others had a guard up and it's understandable because their loyalty sided with their friends, but it's still fake to choose sides.
Sections of the media reported that the monarch urged PM Nawaz to choose sides in the rift and asked him: 'Are you with us or with Qatar?
I don't think they will do that; they never choose sides.
uk MONDAY CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR The best Marvel movie yet sees the Avengers choose sides when Iron Man and Captain America battle it out.
Ronnie tries to put an end to it, but is forced to choose sides.
Ronnie tries one last time to put things behind them but it doesn't go to plan and she's forced to choose sides once and for all.
As the story (which combines fiction with real historical figures and events) moves on, Uhtred is forced to choose sides between the country of his birth and the people who raised him.
As the story - which combines real historical figures and events with fictional characters - develops, adult Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is forced to choose sides.
As the with , d story - which combines real historical figures and events with fictional characters - evolves, Uhtred is forced to choose sides between the country of his birth and the people who raised him.
Some critics would prefer that the international onlookers choose sides and pass out weapons.
Liverpool (Marathon at Manchester - there is choose sides.
Already it looks as though Assad and Nasrallah have succeeded in sabotaging the hard-won armistice deal that the US, Jordan and Israel brokered between the Druze and Nusra Front, by forcing the half million Druze of Syria to choose sides between the belligerents.
Ken is in a Ken is in a dilemma regarding Ron's exit and the whole situation forces the Ks' family to choose sides.
If we tolerate (because we cannot stop it) the ongoing Sunni-Shiite war, and if we do not choose sides (because there is no side that is ours--imagine choosing between Bolsheviks and Mensheviks), what are long-term American interests?
This year the comics choose sides and aim for the punchline as they compete for what every comic competes for on a daily basis: money, work and bragging rights.