n.1.A taking sides, as with a party, sect, or faction.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Those speculations include the fact that Weidman spent most of the 1950s working in California, while most major dance critics still were clustered in New York City; side-taking among supporters after the breakup of the Humphrey-Weidman company; or simply the fact that neither Humphrey nor Weidman was an avid self-promoter.