What doe "choosing sides" in the following excerpt mean?

For the first time since I started school, I was looking forward to a party. And I knew that part of the reason I was looking for ward to it was because Julian had not made it public. Whenever someone makes out a guest list, the people not on it become officially uninvited, and that makes them the enemies of the invited, Guest lists are just a way of choosing sides.
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What doe "choosing sides" in the following excerpt mean? For the first time since I started school, I was looking ... officially uninvited, and that makes them the enemies of the invited, Guest lists are just a way of choosing sides.

Picking your friends. Anyone not picked as a friend is automatically an enemy at that age.
Picking your friends. Anyone not picked as a friend is automatically an enemy at that age.

I guess picking your friends is what choosing sides mean particurally in this context. Will you tell me more general definition of this idiom? Favor part of a group?
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Picking your friends. Anyone not picked as a friend is automatically an enemy at that age.

I guess picking your friends is what choosing sides mean particurally in this context. Will you tell me more general definition of this idiom? Favor part of a group?

The usual image is the way children choose teams for baseball/softball and other sports. Two leaders take turns naming who they want on their team. "I want Jeff." "Then I'll have Lee." This leaves the last-picked feeling very unwanted. I wonder if this custom is followed any more.

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Picking your friends. Anyone not picked as a friend is automatically an enemy at that age.

I guess picking your friends is what choosing sides mean particurally in this context. Will you tell me more general definition of this idiom? Favor part of a group?

There really isn't much more to explain. The use of the word "sides" means there are two opposing teams or viewpoints. If you choose one side, or are chosen by one side, you are automatically in some form of conflict with the other side.
If you choose a side, or are chosen by a side, in a game or sport the opposition side is not really an enemy, but they are the enemy for purposes of the sport or game. If you choose a side on a serious issue like abortion rights, the opposition is closer to being a real enemy.
I guess picking your friends is what choosing sides mean ... general definition of this idiom? Favor part of a group?

The usual image is the way children choose teams for baseball/softball and other sports. Two leaders take turns naming who ... "Then I'll have Lee." This leaves the last-picked feeling very unwanted. I wonder if this custom is followed any more.

My understanding is that kids aren't even allowed to keep score when they play sports anymore, because it makes them too competitive. So choosing sides might seem like wasted time.
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I guess picking your friends is what choosing sides mean ... general definition of this idiom? Favor part of a group?

The usual image is the way children choose teams for baseball/softball and other sports. Two leaders take turns naming who ... "Then I'll have Lee." This leaves the last-picked feeling very unwanted. I wonder if this custom is followed any more.

I saw a group of lads sort themselves into two teams in precisely that way only a few days ago. It seemed a familiar process to them.

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What doe "choosing sides" in the following excerpt mean? For ... invited, Guest lists are just a way of choosing sides.

Picking your friends. Anyone not picked as a friend is automatically an enemy at that age.

Right, of course. But it's probably worth mentioning that the expression refers specifically to choosing teams ("side" commonly = "team") for competitive games such as football. Nobody wants to be the child who isn't picked.
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It's the simplest way to pick evenly matched teams. That's what they did for the final challenge on The Apprentice recently.

Being on one team or the other has nothing to do with friends or enemies. Being picked early is because you're considered a better player than those picked later. If you're playing friends against enemies, the sides are already chosen.
In my neighborhood, nobody got left out, even if there was an odd number of players. The last player picked just didn't make that much difference.

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