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Do these three idioms mean the same thing?

"to take a stand"

"to take a side"

"to take a position"

The context is this: "Wikipedia should not take a side but just share with the readers the different opinions objectively."

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The question can be answered using Google search, however, here's the basic information:

  1. "Take a stand"

    • To publicly express an opinion
    • (against someone or something) - To take a position in opposition to someone or something; to oppose or resist someone or something.
    • Adopt a firm position about an issue, as in She was more than willing to take a stand on abortion rights.
    • Alludes to the military sense of stand, "hold one's ground against an enemy."
    • To publicly express an opinion about something, especially to say whether you support or are against something (usually + on)
  2. "Take a side" - also take somebody's side and take the side of somebody

    • To agree with or support someone; side with somebody.
    • (take sides) - To choose one side of an argument.
    • (take sides) - To support one person, group, or opinion over another.
    • (take sides) - Support or favor one party in a dispute.
    • (take sides) - To associate with and support a particular faction, group, cause, or person..
  3. "Take a position"

    • To buy or sell short; that is to own or to owe some amount on an asset or derivative security.
    • (take up a position) - To start in the job.
  • Thank you 1+ If I understand well, then the 1st and the 2nd are pretty equal while the 3rd one is the exception. Isn't it? – Judicious Allure May 22 '17 at 13:09
  • I've heard other contexts where "take a position" meant something different, however, I don't have any proof and can't find those now but well, yes, it does mean something very different from the first two. Generally, the 1-st and 2-nd idioms aren't equal. Only the "take a stand against" and "take the side of somebody" are close in meaning. – SovereignSun May 22 '17 at 13:12
  • As regards "take a position", you have chosen very specific meanings. There is a sense where it is quite close to the other two e.g. "The politician took a position which neither supported the Government or the Opposition". – WS2 May 22 '17 at 16:15

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