choose sides

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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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He duly chose sides with the youth and posed as their spokesperson without even asking for their permission.
The fight developed as relatives chose sides and it soon became a veritable free-for-all and equipment and the patient's room was trashed.
The documentary pointed out that in Somalia the UN forces chose sides, conducted civilian disarmament operations, and took an aggressive role -- "shooting anybody who threatens [the] peacemakers, or who blocks their mission.