to side with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - side with

"to side with"

to align oneself with someone or something in a disagreement


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - side with

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well? Who are you going to support in the disagreement between the president and CEO?

Colleague 2:  Well since the CEO is my direct superior, I will side with him. 

Colleague 1:  That could be trouble.

Colleague 2:  Why is that?

Colleague 1:  Because if you support the losing faction, you may very well lose your job.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - side with

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What a terribly acrimonious disagreement. It is so sad that Fay and Ruth have come to this.

Friend 2:  Who are you going to support?

Friend 1:  They are both my very good friends and I love them dearly. I simply can not and will not side with either.


to side with - Usage:


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to side with - Gerund Form:

Siding with the winning faction is a good strategy.

to side with - Examples:

1)  I'm a football manager and I would tend to side with fellow managers. I can relate to the fact he is under pressure.

2)  ... with his abrupt declaration that his country, a longtime US ally, would now side with China, ...

3)  ... it comes to dealing sympathetically with those families. I would probably side with the garda? on this strike action.

4)  ... had urged the sheriff to side with the Crown witnesses and said the evidence showed it was not a ...

5)  I don't side with people who say albums are no longer selling, because albums sell when they ...

6)  Since the time she was arrested, majority of the people sided with her and pleaded with the government to let her off easy and let her ...

7)  The five more conservative justices sided with Republican nominee Bush, while the four more liberal justices would have ruled for ...

8)  Those who sided with Pope Gregory I thought that images could help the illiterate understand Bible stories.

9)  ... who presented his condolences to the family in person, also sided with the protesters. 

10)  He sided with those worried that political correctness was stifling our speech.

11)  ... has a proven record of burying unemployed worker's complaints and automatically siding with the job agency.

12)  ... targeting security forces and the ruling Al Saud family for "siding with the infidel nations in the war on Islam".

13)  After listening for six weeks, jurors spoke loudly -- siding with the doctors who said blunt force trauma was the only explanation for what happened.

14)  ... recalls, as a young boy, automatically siding with "the English," until his indignant grandmothers reminded him he was Celtic.

15)  The government does not want to give an impression of siding with either party, the official added.

16)  This comes as B.C.'s highest court sides with the University in opening a controversial law school.

17)  ... against all odds I told my sister and she stopped talking to me and took sides with her husband.

18)  She sides with the school, hopes it can stay open and wishes the government had handled ...

19)  ... appeared not to mind giving credence to the charge that he sides with Moscow rather than Washington's own intelligence agencies, declaring ...

20)  So, when the home team suddenly sides with the people that you view as opponents, there's going to be a ...