(the) battle lines are drawn

(the) battle lines are drawn
the battle lines are drawn phrase
used for saying that two opposing groups each have a clear and definite idea about the things they disagree about and are ready to start competing with each other
Thesaurus: opposed to someone or somethingsynonym
Main entry: battle

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the battle lines are ˈdrawn f18 idiom
used to say that people or groups have shown which side they intend to support in an argument or contest that is going to begin
Main entry:battleidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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