take sides against (someone or something)

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take sides against (someone or something)

To join or form a group that rejects or is opposed to someone or something. I was really surprised when the manager took sides against Carol during the board meeting—I really thought she'd stick up for her. A coalition of 12 countries has taken sides against the aggressive military expansion of the totalitarian nation.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take sides against someone or something

to join a faction opposing someone or something; to establish a faction against someone or something. Both of them took sides against me. It wasn't fair. We took sides against the bank.
See also: side, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The US, taking sides against Iran, mounted the largest naval convoy operation since the Second World War to protect shipping, allowing foreign tankers to sail under the US flag while in the region.
It's odd to have the Senate's presiding officer taking sides against an incumbent senator and nearly unprecedented to do so against an incumbent from the same party, but there it is.
It seems nothing creates more hate and dissension on the gun interweb than taking sides against a Glock for any reason.
The outspoken cleric, however, said any process that excludes one of the parties in the conflict would undermine the objectives for which the efforts were being made, equating attempts to deny either of the parties to the conflict an opportunity to participate in the process as taking sides against those with common interests.
Mikhail Alexandrov, the head expert at the Center for Military and Political Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, has suggested in the Russian press that Moscow is taking sides against Washington. 
The United States is not taking sides against a Shia faction or Sunni faction in Yemen, but is "trying to promote a dialogue process in which the views of all Yemenis can be taken into account, and it is the Houthis who have refused to engage in that dialogue," he said.
Restoration of workplace agreements is the battle that Ed Miliband should be fighting with the unions, not taking sides against them to satisfy the ravening beasts of the Tory press and the fellow travelling Blairite rump of the Labour Party.
Rather than taking sides against those of us wishing to save our services, including the famous ones, Mr Forbes should heed his own words and "make the case to the Government" on our behalf.
Historically speaking, the logic of Turkey's Barzani card is very simple: (i) shielding other Kurds from the appeal of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-centered Kurdish politics; (ii) benefiting from Barzani's military and political power to limit the activities of the PKK in the region; and (iii) preventing Barzani from taking sides against Turkey with the PKK or any other group.
THE ongoing argument with Southampton city council over our proposed cruise liner terminal now appears to be turning nasty, with a North East MEP also taking sides against Liverpool.
Regionally, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an was standing alongside Hamas, flirting with Iran and Hezbollah, strengthening his relations with Syria, and considering his country's interest to lie in taking sides against the Hebrew state.
The Egyptian Higher Military Council which has been managing Egypt's affairs since former President Hosni Mubarak bowed out a few months ago, has pledged to "achieve what the people want without taking sides against any religious sect or faction," the pan-Arab daily AL HAYAT reported on Friday.
However, he said some media were not impartial and were "taking sides against Egypt."
In short, 'Teachers of Jordan' does not represent the bulk of the teachers in Jordan; it benefits only those who are benefiting from taking sides against the teachers movement in Jordan.
If Khamenehi were now taking sides against Rafsanjani, it would be a political earthquake measuring 10.0.