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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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It would have been the endorsement that drew the battle lines for the 2016 elections.
In Parliament Mrs Riordan and Calder Valley Conservative MP Craig WhittaKer drew the battle lines for Calderdale and Mrs Riordan said: "I want our excellent A&E department saved, not sacrificed.
In a rousing speech that drew the battle lines for the general election, Mr Miliband also announced a host of policies that would get hard-pressed families back on their feet - including freezing gas and electricity prices for two years, building 200,000 new homes, and boosting the minimum wage.
And the second featured 'Secret Wars' as New Designers drew the battle lines between graphic designers and illustrators in a live art duel with graffiti artists, graphic designers and illustrators waging a black and white war in a high-energy, up-beat and spontaneously creative late night event presented by creative agency Monorex at which London's most exciting graduate design exhibition pitched pen against paint, art against artifice and graphics against graffiti.
This was not however the last time that the journalist, an emblematic figure for Bulgaria's transition from communism to democracy, and President Parvanov drew the battle lines.
Three important speeches in recent days by Hariri, Hezbollah's Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun clearly drew the battle lines over three of the six contentious issues: the tribunal, the next prime minister and Cabinet, and government-opposition coexistence.
Fergie, inevitably, drew the battle lines with his jibes about kamikaze spending.
Mr Cameron drew the battle lines warning higher borrowing would mean belt-tightening and tax rises later.
Zajin and I drew the battle lines this week over choreography, with different sides of our personalities coming to a head.
Rather than easing the tensions, this document drew the battle lines, fomenting a tension that manifested itself during the following century of religious wars that devastated Europe.
Brown craftily drew the battle lines for the next general election.
AFTER months of mustering their forces, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council and City Controller Laura Chick this week drew the battle lines in their bid to exert some oversight on governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Chancellor Gordon Brown yesterday drew the battle lines for a May 2005 General Election as he pledged to continue pouring money into public services while unveiling pounds 20bn of efficiency savings.
US SHOPPING giant Walmart today drew the battle lines for cut- price store wars as it announced plans for discounts of up to 60percent at its first outlet in Britain.
GORDON Brown drew the battle lines for the next election in his Budget yesterday.