take sides


: to agree with or support one person, group, or cause and not another
She refuses to take sides on the issue.

Examples of take sides in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The entire team would gather around the combatants to take sides, with the winner swarmed by joyous teammates. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 But 30 years ago, a whole generation of Americans learned how to dig in, hunker down, and take sides with their tribes. Sean Gregory, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 Throughout the six months since Peltz announced his quest for a board seat, corporate executives and investment sages seemed to feel obligated to take sides. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Conradt’s screenplay plays a lengthy second-act game of who’s-gaslighting-who, pitting one character’s rising paranoia against the other’s overstepping, and then swapping those positions for good measure, resolutely refusing to take sides until the story vaults itself to a new plane of absurdity. Guy Lodge, Variety, 27 Mar. 2024 In 2002, almost three-quarters of Americans (71 percent) said the United States should not take sides. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024 All are forced to take sides, with the war of words eventually escalating to a shockingly physical confrontation. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2024 In an election year, this debate will only ratchet up as politicians take sides, Eberle added. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 Global South states are becoming more agile in courting relations with great powers and even abandoning their old hesitation to take sides in larger geopolitical contests. Happymon Jacob, Foreign Affairs, 25 Dec. 2023

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“Take sides.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20sides. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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