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take sides

To choose a person or party whom one supports, defends, or agrees with in an argument. He doesn't like confrontation, so he never takes sides in an argument. Everyone in the company was quick to take sides when the new policy was introduced.
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take sides

to choose one side of an argument. They were arguing, but I didn't want to take sides, so I left. I don't mind taking sides on important issues.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take sides

Also, take someone's side. Support or favor one party in a dispute, as in Parents shouldn't take sides in their children's quarrels, or Thanks for taking my side concerning the agenda. [c. 1700] Also see take someone's part.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

take ˈsides

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take somebody’s ˈside

support one person or group in an argument or disagreement: I refuse to take sides in this argument. It’s nothing to do with me.Whenever we quarrel, you always take Carole’s side. OPPOSITE: sit on the fence
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take sides

To associate with and support a particular faction, group, cause, or person.
See also: side, take
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In the meantime, tell your friends to back off and not to take sides.
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Yet Britain as a nation had no desire to take sides in the religious war between Christian and Islamic extremism.
Finally, please God, let there be no Catholic publication that will take sides in the 2000 or any other political campaign, impugning one or the other candidate.
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