draw (the) battle lines

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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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The already drawn battle lines will get starker in coming days as Khanistas will defend their idol-god from all the fire and brimstone hurled by enemies of their faith.
Then, in the refurbishment of Westminster, may I suggest they rip out the outdated debating chamber with its drawn battle lines, and build one which has members sitting in a non-aggressive manner like the semi-circular Scottish Parliament.
In 2016 Stirling Council also appeared to have drawn battle lines with the landowner over his bid to divert a pathway that runs through his estate and replace it with an alternative path.
In a joint statement released Friday morning, the seven governors expressed their sadness that the issue has clearly drawn battle lines in what was once a united boardroom.
If anything, the intent may be to assist those who have drawn battle lines on this issue to understand each other better, to regard each other with more generosity of spirit and to offer each other more hospitality in the debate over ideas.
DEPUTIES have drawn battle lines on the issue of an amendment to the law on the sexual abuse of minors.
* Judge Tom Head invokes 'what if Obama re-elected' to get more money for public safety (Lubbock Avalance-Journal): "Both sides of the county property tax issue have drawn battle lines with County Judge Tom Head planting a battle axe in the middle of the fray by advocating more money for public safety."
TAXI driver George Brodie has drawn battle lines with his local council after a row over a parking bay drove him to distraction.
And, more than 60 years on, Wales's rugby coach Gareth Jenkins has drawn battle lines with some elements of the Welsh media.
Tourist chiefs have already drawn battle lines for a massive fightback to regain home trade.
In September 2016 the council appeared to have drawn battle lines with over Mr Roddie's bid to divert a pathway that runs through his estate.