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choose among (people or things)

To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose among these candidates for someone to fill the position.
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choose (one) as (something)

To select someone for a particular role or job. Whom has he chosen as his successor?
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choose between (two people or things)

To select one person or thing from two options. We will choose between the two best candidates for the job. I'm exhausted because I had to choose between sleep or finishing this paper last night.
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choose (someone or something) for (someone or something)

1. To select someone for a particular job or role. Whom has the supervisor chosen for the vacant position? I can't believe the coach chose me for pitcher!
2. To select something for someone, as of a gift. I chose that plant for him because I thought he liked to garden—I didn't realize that he's allergic to daisies!
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choose from (people or things)

To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose from these candidates for someone to fill the position.
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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!
See also: choose, side

choose up sides

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 up sides!
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choose up

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 up!
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the chosen few

A select group of individuals who receive preferential treatment or an elevated status. The phrase sometimes implies the belief that the treatment or status is arbitrary or undeserved. It's like the only people who can become politicians are the chosen few who come from the same universities and have the same last names.
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many are called, but few are chosen

A lot of people attempt to achieve or attain something, but only a select few will actually be successful. Our country is predicated upon the belief that any man or woman can find fortune if they simply work hard enough. Many are called, but few are chosen, though. We have one of the most prestigious programs in the country for musical theory, but competition for the few places we offer can be fierce—many are called, but few are chosen.
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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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Many are called but few are chosen.

Prov. Many people may answer a call for something, but only a few people are finally selected. (Biblical.) When it comes to getting into a good college, many are called but few are chosen.
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choose up

Select players and form sides for a game or team, as in Jean was always afraid she'd be last when it was time to choose up. [First half of 1900s]
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choose up

v.
To select players and form sides, teams, or some other group for a game or competition: The two captains chose up sides for the baseball game.
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It is true that markets require a background set of entitlements, establishing what people have and do not have, before they begin to choose; the background entitlements are given rather than chosen, and they might reflect a form of paternalism.
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Aside from the "You've Been Chosen" "Fire" teaser video, BioWare also included some information about its special event for fans.
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He is shown what life would be like had he chosen differently, and he learns the meaning of giving himself away in love.
The Constitution empowers each state legislature to determine how its presidential electors are chosen. By adopting the National Popular Vote Plan, a state delegates this power to the entire nation based on who wins the national popular vote.
If strain control is chosen, then the new specimen height is used to calculate the displacement required to apply the requested strain for mean or dynamic amplitude.
Popes have chosen their names for a variety of reasons, some to honor benefactors, others to signal the direction of their papacy.
3 Cut simple, bold shapes based on your chosen picture to create a head-and-shoulders portrait.
Applicants whose abstracts are chosen for presentation will receive an ACPE scholarship of $200 to be applied toward the Spring Institute/Annual Meeting tuition.
In December, the chosen electors meet in each state to cast that state's official electoral votes for President and Vice President.
Though the chosen pioneers were diverse, there were a few similar themes.