draw battle lines

draw 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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