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.
Representatives from grades three to five chose sides of the question and then interviewed students, teachers and yard monitors to back up their arguments.
We chose sides and had a ball trying to guess ridiculous riddles .