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take sides

To choose a person or party whom one supports, defends, or agrees with in an argument. He doesn't like confrontation, so he never takes sides in an argument. Everyone in the company was quick to take sides when the new policy was introduced.
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take sides

to choose one side of an argument. They were arguing, but I didn't want to take sides, so I left. I don't mind taking sides on important issues.
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take sides

Also, take someone's side. Support or favor one party in a dispute, as in Parents shouldn't take sides in their children's quarrels, or Thanks for taking my side concerning the agenda. [c. 1700] Also see take someone's part.
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take ˈsides

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take somebody’s ˈside

support one person or group in an argument or disagreement: I refuse to take sides in this argument. It’s nothing to do with me.Whenever we quarrel, you always take Carole’s side. OPPOSITE: sit on the fence
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take sides

To associate with and support a particular faction, group, cause, or person.
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3 (ANI): The Delta Air Lines on Friday refused to take sides in the debate over gun control reform regarding its decision to no longer offer discounts to National Rifle Association members.
then 'the biggest accounting firm west of the Mississippi,' as its old partners loved to point out - was known to take sides whenever business issues were brought before him.
In the meantime, tell your friends to back off and not to take sides.
Yet Britain as a nation had no desire to take sides in the religious war between Christian and Islamic extremism.
Finally, please God, let there be no Catholic publication that will take sides in the 2000 or any other political campaign, impugning one or the other candidate.
Supporters of the agency's decision said the filing would not take sides in the lawsuit.
I've been on staffs where the head coach takes sides, and I don't want to take sides.