to take sides

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take sides

"to take sides"

to associate with and support a particular faction, group, cause, or person


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take sides

Two colleagues are talking ...

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

Colleague 2:  Neither. I refuse to take sides.

Colleague 1:  Why not?

Colleague 2:  Because if you support the losing faction, there will be trouble afterward.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take sides

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 take sides.

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to take sides - Gerund Form:

Taking sides in a controversial issue seems inevitable.

to take sides - Examples:

1)  ... the level of ignorance, anger and divisiveness among the young ones. Many take sides purely on tribal grounds and ...

2)  We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, ...

3)  While we would not take sides or blame any party as we were not there to witness what really happened, ...

4)  The debates have been interesting because it was difficult to take sides and required a balancing act of negotiation between different parties. 

5)  ... a trades union nor a political organisation and it is not for us to take sides or be partisan in this argument.

6)  He will ensure the party delivers fair nominations and will not take sides with anybody. 

7)  The article said that China is unlikely to take sides with Pakistan or India on the Kashmir issue.

8)  I didn't want to take sides but rather to spur a healthy debate.

9)  He said that while the US does not take sides in the elections, it favours an orderly and transparent election.

10)  We couldn't be neutral, we had to take sides. This is history. We were caught between two devils. 

11)  The mining cooperatives were therefore taking sides with the members-owners of the cooperatives, not their workers.

12)  ... that he has brought credibility problem to the august body by clearly taking sides and championing the cause of particular interests in the crisis, at the expense of ...

13)  Good friends are living assets. They stand by you without taking sides, and never stop caring.

14)  Candidates for office are staking out policy positions. People are taking sides in the larger debate.

15)  ... but was interested in wrestling minds by joining debates and taking sides on issues that unravel in this diverse country.

16)  But when two men disagreed about the plot, others took sides and soon hundreds of people were fighting with sticks and knives. 

17)  ...seems to have taken sides, and made up its mind, that for the future of Digital India, ...

18)  Our big problem is that, inadvertently or not, we have taken sides in an ongoing regional conflict. 

19)  ... has taken sides with countries to the detriment of its moral position in global affairs.

20)  Criticism of the endorsement, the first time the union has taken sides in a presidential campaign, has come from all directions.