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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Smoke bombs, cobblestones, and bottles were hurled at police as the EDL and their opponents drew battle lines in the city centre, leading to injuries and damage.
The latest push to restore growth emerged after deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg drew battle lines with the Conservatives over fresh spending curbs needed to meet deficit-reduction targets.
The Prime Minister's tough talk came as he drew battle lines with the new power club of 17 eurozone nations, led by France and Germany.
During his tenure, Mr Thompson drew battle lines with council planners to oppose the Druridge Bay project and in 1987 he secured a promise from Lord Marshall, chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board, that the power station would not go ahead.
The deepest recession in living memory, a "phoney war" lasting many months as the political parties drew battle lines for the General Election, appalling winter conditions and then the Icelandic ash cloud all created a vortex of paranoia which left many of us wondering what on Earth could go wrong next.
As Labour drew battle lines with the Opposition on the issue, Mr Balls told the Sunday Telegraph it was vital for the state to recognise that good families came "in all shapes and sizes".
THE Tories drew battle lines for the next general election today by warning that a Labour "spending splurge" risked economic ruin.
But Alvechurch protesters today drew battle lines with the developer with a 14 signature petition claiming the site would jeopardise their security and invade their privacy.