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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!
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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.
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The percentage of Americans who said they did not support either side is the lowest to date, at 16%, indicating that more Americans are choosing sides in the conflict.
Western Conference format would be scrapped for the first time, replaced by captains choosing sides in the latest effort to generate more enthusiasm and perhaps competitiveness for the game.
Plus she was the only one who wasn't acting fake and choosing sides.
Bahrain is amongst the four Arab countries that cut off ties with Qatar over terrorism support accusations and choosing sides with Iran.
Between Oceans, Sekaran presents a complex moral dilemma that leaves readers incapable of choosing sides.
It turns out that the guys aren't even human-they're banished angels exiled for not choosing sides in the war between good and evil.
Chopra engages a wide variety of primary documents, including letters, petitions, and articles, to demonstrate that choosing sides was, for most Americans, a complex and reactive process that emerged gradually in response to shifting circumstances.
Trudeau graces one of two covers of the latest edition of Civil War II: Choosing Sides -- seated in the corner of a boxing ring, smiling, his elbows resting on the ropes, with the maple leaf symbol emblazoned on his tank top and wearing red boxing gloves.
Those who claim the social media giant is choosing sides in the online culture wars have new evidence for their assertions: the banning of the right-wing blogger Robert Stacy McCain.
Also this series, hackers download secret files from CIA servers and disseminate the confidential documents with horrific consequences, Israeli intelligence captures Carrie's mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), and black operative Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) is coming soon HEROES turn against each other, choosing sides led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), in the comic book fantasy CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.
One of Us would be a great pick for book clubs or discussions on prejudices, segregation, protests, choosing sides, and falling in love with the enemy.
You cannot say unequivocally that as the public has learned more about PPFA those who didn't have strong feelings are choosing sides -and more expressing an unfavorable opinion than favorable-but the evidence strongly points in that direction.
Without choosing sides and without attempting to map every twist and turn in current affairs in the region, the 10 contributed chapters presented here instead examine underlying trends, look deeply into the issues, and illuminate their complexity.
If the filmmakers start (consciously or unconsciously) choosing sides, they'll wipe out a good chunk of their own audience.
I'm choosing sides I guess will put out most of their main men.