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draw (the) battle lines

To clearly distinguish the sides of an argument or conflict and become ready to argue, battle, etc. The union and management seem to have drawn the battle lines in this nasty contract dispute.
See also: battle, draw, line
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But the significance of the extension is not just personal, this is Manchester United drawing the battle lines.
DRAWING THE BATTLE LINES McCarthy (left) and Hutton battle it out at the Aviva
Despite a clamour for a new head Coach to be appointed next season, Carver indicated managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr have been drawing the battle lines for next season.
Maybe we can all get to where we want to be together instead of drawing the battle lines and forcing the issue,'' the 40-year-old from Sioux Center, Iowa, said.
Drawing the battle lines in a major speech to sector leaders, Mr Andrews used Wales' dismal Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results as his driver.
He used his speech to lambast Tory opposition leader David Cameron, drawing the battle lines for the continued class war between the two parties, and launching what party activists have dubbed Operation Fightback.
The move to raise taxes on high earners from 2010 seems less a solution to the deficit than a way of drawing the battle lines for the general election.
The Hollywood studios are aggressively drawing the battle lines for summer competition at the box office and on retail shelves for 2009, 2010 and beyond.
Far apart on tax proposals, Congressional Republicans and Democrats yesterday began drawing the battle lines for anticipated bitter negotiations on the size, shape and timing of tax cuts.
Sometimes the Fundamentalist antipathy to fictions other than their own can be carried to absurd extremes, as in the recent banning of school textbooks containing such "secular humanist" propaganda as fairy tales, but the zealots may be right in drawing the battle lines where they do.
DRAWING the battle lines at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, West Dublin, 4,000 angry frontline staff threatened to bring the country to a standstill if the Government ploughs ahead with plans to "unfairly" target their pay packets again with an average 10.
But the Chancellor was able to boast that the economy is in good shape, continue spending on education and health and was generally seen to be drawing the battle lines for the next General Election.