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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As the news of the nullification swept across the region, Mosop MP Vincent Tuwei said Keter's predicament had drawn the battle lines in Rift Valley between loyalists to Ruto and rebels led by Keter.
from Syria to Iraq Shiite powerhouse Iran seems to have drawn the battle lines for Shiite-Sunni warfare in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq -- a total area of 634,000 square kilometers with an overall population of 58 million.
MINISTER PETER Hain has drawn the battle lines for the next General Election warning that low-paid workers could face pay cuts under the Tories.
It will be a physical contest and they have drawn the battle lines.
This week's pre-Budget statement has drawn the battle lines for the general election expected next spring.
have drawn the battle lines by launching Aleve and Tylenol extended relief, respectively.