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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Fundamental Headlines • NASDAQ OMX is Ready to Go - Wall Street Journal • Lehman Alters Leadership Ahead of Layoffs - Wall Street Journal • NYSE Euronext Draws Battle Lines Over MTFs - Financial Times • London Stock Exchange hit by Biggest Disruption in Eight Years - Bloomberg • U.