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be on the side of the angels
To behave in a kind or charitable way, or to support such actions. With war tearing apart the country, being on the side of the angels can cost you your life.
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be on the side of the ˈangelshaving correct moral principles and behaving correctly: The policemen in Scobie’s crime novels are not always on the side of the angels.
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on the side of the angels, to be
Supporting the good side. This expression comes from a speech by Benjamin Disraeli (1864) concerning the problems raised by Darwin’s theory that mankind is descended from apes: “The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels.” The phrase was later extended to mean siding with goodness and upholding the moral or spiritual view.
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