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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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.
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.
Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan's selective support of militancy, and closer cooperation with India -- moves that are likely to push Pakistan closer to China and Russia.
These are the censorious women with their breastfeeding selfies who've drawn battle lines in milk.
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.