draw the battle lines

draw the battle lines
draw (the) battle lines to clearly show the differences between two ideas or opinions.

Churches generally draw battle lines over moral issues.

Usage notes: often used in the form the battle lines are drawn:

The battle lines are being drawn between many patients and their health-care providers.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of battle lines (= the positions of two armies prepared to fight)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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