side with (someone or something)

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side with (someone or something)

To join or align with someone or something; to support, favor, or share the opinion of someone or something. The judge sided with the tech company, stating that the plaintiff didn't have enough credible evidence. Sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I have to side with Bill on this issue. It was the only country to side with the rebel group, offering them military and financial aid.
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side with someone

to join with someone; to take someone else's part; to be on someone's side. Why is it that you always side with him when he and I argue? I never side with anybody. I form my own opinions.
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side with

Support or favor, as in The Armenians traditionally side with the Greeks against the Turks. This idiom was first recorded in 1600. For the antonym, see side against.
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side with

v.
To align oneself with someone or something in a disagreement: The stalemate ended when a small group of senators sided with the opposing party.
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The Scots were supposed to be the side with something to play for - a bonus-point victory was required by them to keep themselves in contention for a Champions Cup spot, but it all went pear shaped for the Scots.
"Every game we have left is against a side with something to play for, which suits us, because players respond better under those circumstances," said Penney.
This looks a modest contest full of regressive performers and it could pay to side with something unexposed from a stable that has landed a few gambles during the all-weather season.
Wasps started like a side with something to prove and two minutes in Scott Agnew's free-kick was deflected into the arms of keeper Chris Flockhart.
Still, it's a challenge that many find irresistible and Nicky Henderson's Afrad could go off favourite after sustained support this week, but I would rather side with something at slightly bigger odds in a race as competitive as this.
'We have all enjoyed the tour so far, training has gone well and a lot of the boys have come into the side with something to prove, not just for the next game, but for next season as well.
The likes of Alonso and Cisse are returning to a side with something to play for on two fronts.
With Wales targeting this game as a big breakthrough opportunity, the stakes are high for an Irish side with something to prove.