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 for To choose sides
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Side \Side\ (s[imac]d), n. [AS. s[imac]de; akin to D. zijde, G.
     seite, OHG. s[imac]ta, Icel. s[imac]?a, Dan. side, Sw. sida;
     cf. AS. s[imac]d large, spacious, Icel. s[imac]?r long,
     1. The margin, edge, verge, or border of a surface;
        especially (when the thing spoken of is somewhat oblong in
        shape), one of the longer edges as distinguished from the
        shorter edges, called ends; a bounding line of a
        geometrical figure; as, the side of a field, of a square
        or triangle, of a river, of a road, etc.
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     3. Any outer portion of a thing considered apart from, and
        yet in relation to, the rest; as, the upper side of a
        sphere; also, any part or position viewed as opposite to
        or contrasted with another; as, this or that side.
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              Looking round on every side beheld
              A pathless desert.                    --Milton.
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        (a) One of the halves of the body, of an animals or man,
            on either side of the mesial plane; or that which
            pertains to such a half; as, a side of beef; a side of
            sole leather.
        (b) The right or left part of the wall or trunk of the
            body; as, a pain in the side.
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                  One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his
                  side.                             --John xix.
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     5. A slope or declivity, as of a hill, considered as opposed
        to another slope over the ridge.
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              Along the side of yon small hill.     --Milton.
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     6. The position of a person or party regarded as opposed to
        another person or party, whether as a rival or a foe; a
        body of advocates or partisans; a party; hence, the
        interest or cause which one maintains against another; a
        doctrine or view opposed to another.
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              God on our side, doubt not of victory. --Shak.
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              We have not always been of the . . . same side in
              politics.                             --Landor.
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              Sets the passions on the side of truth. --Pope.
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     7. A line of descent traced through one parent as
        distinguished from that traced through another.
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              To sit upon thy father David's throne,
              By mother's side thy father.          --Milton.
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     8. Fig.: Aspect or part regarded as contrasted with some
        other; as, the bright side of poverty.
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     By the side of, close at hand; near to.
     Exterior side. (Fort.) See Exterior, and Illust. of
     Interior side (Fort.), the line drawn from the center of
        one bastion to that of the next, or the line curtain
        produced to the two oblique radii in front. --H. L. Scott.
     Side by side, close together and abreast; in company or
        along with.
     To choose sides, to select those who shall compete, as in a
        game, on either side.
     To take sides, to attach one's self to, or give assistance
        to, one of two opposing sides or parties.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Choose \Choose\, v. t. [imp. Chose; p. p. Chosen, Chose
     (Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Choosing.] [OE. chesen, cheosen,
     AS. ce['o]san; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen,
     Icel. kj[=o]sa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. ?,
     Skr. jush to enjoy. [root]46. Cf. Choice, 2d Gust.]
     1. To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference
        from two or more objects offered; to elect; as, to choose
        the least of two evils.
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              Choose me for a humble friend.        --Pope.
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     2. To wish; to desire; to prefer. [Colloq.]
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              The landlady now returned to know if we did not
              choose a more genteel apartment.      --Goldsmith.
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     To choose sides. See under Side.
     Syn: Syn. - To select; prefer; elect; adopt; follow.
     Usage: To Choose, Prefer, Elect. To choose is the
            generic term, and denotes to take or fix upon by an
            act of the will, especially in accordance with a
            decision of the judgment. To prefer is to choose or
            favor one thing as compared with, and more desirable
            than, another, or more in accordance with one's tastes
            and feelings. To elect is to choose or select for some
            office, employment, use, privilege, etc., especially
            by the concurrent vote or voice of a sufficient number
            of electors. To choose a profession; to prefer private
            life to a public one; to elect members of Congress.
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