go to bat against

go to bat against someone

Fig. to aid someone against someone else. I would be happy to go to bat against Dan. We refused to go to bat against one of our friends.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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