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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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If that request is granted, House Democrats could make legal arguments to protect Obamacare, further drawing battle lines for 2020.
Despite the gathering storm, the pacifist Newt (Redmayne, cloyingly shy), resists drawing battle lines. When pushed by his brother Theseus (Callum Turner), who like Tina is an "Auror" who enforces magic law, Newt responds: "I don't do sides."
Days after that volcanic showdown between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B at New York Fashion Week, celebrity friends of the two rappers have been swept up in the aftermath, forging alliances and drawing battle lines in this starry war.
Drawing battle lines,Dani Dyercan then be heard warning Rosie, saying: "If a girl wants your fella they're gonna go up to him and say what they wanna say".
So instead of drawing battle lines between them, Cath did what she did best, and backed her daughter 100%.
On the first day lawmakers could file bills for consideration during the 2017 session, leaders from both parties began drawing battle lines for fights over taxation, immigration and social issues that will likely dominate the upcoming meeting of the Texas Legislature.
But some of the G-20 leaders have begun drawing battle lines in disputes over issues ranging from trade and investment to tax policy and industrial overcapacity.
Drawing battle lines for the looming general election, the shadow chancellor stressed that the party was committed to eradicating the deficit.
But the couple's honeymoon is ruined when a supernaturally quick pregnancy leads to the vampires and werewolves drawing battle lines. THE EXTRAS Featurettes, commentary and a video of Bella and Edward's big day.
* SIR - Unless it's the usual media pot-stirring, we're told that the unions are drawing battle lines for a summer of strikes.
It is becoming increasingly clear that opposing sides on this issue are drawing battle lines in an attempt to influence future Government transportation policy.
As much as what Worrill says, it's the way he says it--as if drawing battle lines, pitting "us" against "them"--that alienates some and outrages many others.
In his garish, starched waistcoats and pukka Eton uniform, the Prince's poses gave no insight into his true character and his words raised more questions than they answer Was he drawing battle lines with the public?
Drawing battle lines will not solve those problems.
Pro Europeans like Michael Heseltine and David Curry are already drawing battle lines, and hitherto placated Conservative Eurosceptics are smelling blood.