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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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Bringing a blaze of neon colour to the monochrome streets of Blighty, this thrilling new music became a clarion call for hordes of youngsters, newly christened as 'teenagers', and helped draw the battle lines between teens and their parents that remain to this day.
THE BHARATIYA Janata Party ( BJP) is using the celebrations to mark its two years in power at the Centre to draw the battle lines in bellwether Uttar Pradesh, India's largest and most politically fractured state that is scheduled to have elections in 2017.
As we draw the battle lines for the next General Election, I want to see the Liberal Democrats continuing to deliver more jobs, lower taxes for ordinary workers and a fairer start in life through free school meals and help with childcare.
Pakistani Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez's omission from his team's Test squad has given South African seamers a clear indication of where to draw the battle lines for the series as Hafeez's spot is likely to be filled by a less-experienced batsman.
First to draw the battle lines and position themselves for a post-bifurcation era were 16 Members of Assembly from Andhra and Rayalaseema region belonging to Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress (YSRCP), who sent their resignation in protest against the plans to divide the state.
The club is hosting a Reds & Blues event with the Kaiser and the Psycho, also known as Didi Hamman and Pat Van Den Hauwe (pictured), in attendance to draw the battle lines and discuss their side's prospects ahead of the Anfield clash.
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has re-appeared in a London court as lawyers draw the battle lines in his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about alleged sex crimes.
To help your cats, you need to draw the battle lines, helping them assert control of their territory.
Different eras draw the battle lines between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in ways that are peculiar to them.
This is not the first time that the journalist, an emblematic figure for Bulgaria's transition from communism to democracy, and President Parvanov draw the battle lines.
To draw the battle lines, he will pledge free computers to 270,000 of the poorest families.
With less than seven months to go before the country must go to the polls, the Queen's Speech set out a series of populist bills designed to draw the battle lines between the parties.
The financial package will draw the battle lines for the General Election, with all the main parties focusing on how public spending can be reined in.
GORDON Brown will today draw the battle lines for an election that could be just weeks away.
I feel like she had a sword and a lamp and all die other warrior accessories, but saved them for the plays, using writing to draw the battle lines and make clear exactly which fights were worth fighting.