change sides


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It was a sanguinary [cheerful] affair, and especially interesting as showing one of Peter's peculiarities, which was that in the middle of a fight he would suddenly change sides. At the Gulch, when victory was still in the balance, sometimes leaning this way and sometimes that, he called out, "I'm redskin to-day; what are you, Tootles?" And Tootles answered, "Redskin; what are you, Nibs?" and Nibs said, "Redskin; what are you Twin?" and so on; and they were all redskins; and of course this would have ended the fight had not the real redskins fascinated by Peter's methods, agreed to be lost boys for that once, and so at it they all went again, more fiercely than ever.
He said: "I couldn't do that to the Celtic fans even if I had wanted to change sides.
There are intersections at four places to change sides, causing traffic jams.
Every time we change sides, the wind seems to change sides as well," Japan's badminton coach Keita Masuda said after Japan lost to the Koreans.
Italy has switched from "prepare ineffective combat operations" to "change sides".
Moreover, some of the rebels are getting ready to change sides. It won't be fast and it won't be pretty, but there's a decent chance that peace, in the shape of an Assad victory, will come to Syria within a year or two.
The other is that some of the rebels are getting ready to change sides. It won't be pretty, but there's a decent chance that peace, in the shape of an Assad victory, will return to Syria within a year or two.
* They have nearly a year left to change sides, but so far President Obama's big Jewish "bundlers" from 2008 are standing by their man.
IT would seem that none of the main political parties in Merseyside is immune to one of the dirtiest tricks in the book - and at the most junior level: the tin-pot arrogance of councillors who change sides mid-term.
The event took place at Salboni, where the PCAPA members held a kangaroo court and compelled the CPM members to change sides.
The latter challenged strongly down the far side but was forced to change sides on the run-in and Oaks winner Skywalker Queen came with a big late run to finish threeparts-of-a-length second behind the Pat Buckley-trained Slip The Lark in 29.81sec, with Ballymac Under just a head back in third.
Ray Winstone's character seems to change sides at the drop of Indy's fedora.