Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take a side

take a side
Meaning(s)
1) support one person or cause over another
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • to take a side/sides in an argument
  • Analysis
    When you ‘take a side’ you support one cause, person or position over another. You can also say ‘pick a side’. “If I had to take a side in this argument I would support the employees.” This is a popular phrase, useful to indicate your position or to ask someone else what they support. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The man decided not to take a side in the argument between his brother and sister.
    2. The police are required to be impartial and must never take sides when investigating cases.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It's difficult to take a side since you both presented such strong arguments. Let's open the decision to the floor.
    2. This is a sensitive topic so I don't think we should be seen to publically take a side. 
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