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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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.
Liverpool (Marathon at Manchester - there is choose sides.
It forces people to choose sides and distorts the entire terms of engagement for everyone.
Ken is in a Ken is in a dilemma regarding Ron's exit and the whole situation forces the Ks' family to choose sides.
In this era, nations will be required to choose sides as during World War I, World War II and the Cold War.
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.
Pakistan, he said, would not choose sides or interfere in Afghan affairs, nor should any other State.
SUND) In the series finale, strained relations develop between the living and the dead as a new and more frightening horde creeps into town, and the separate factions must choose sides.
He was born in Virginia but now living in the border state of Maryland, and he is forced to choose sides in the war.
These three states were repeatedly occupied by different forces, and local individuals and governments were forced to choose sides time and again.
But we don't choose sides or pick one way or another who should have influence.
Caught up in the cycle of attacks and reprisals, they were being forced to choose sides and allow themselves to be armed by the warring parties.
Whether you're a purist or a generalist is fine with us; we're not going to choose sides.