Definition of beside (or off) the point in English:

beside (or off) the point


  • Irrelevant.

    ‘Eliot's arguments are wholly beside the point’
    • ‘What happens to the fans in a particular city is beside the point.’
    • ‘I don't support the occupation myself, but that's beside the point.’
    • ‘Perhaps you won't love it with such disturbing ardour as me, but that's beside the point.’
    • ‘The fact that the law has not been used for 12 years is beside the point.’
    • ‘That his Social Security proposal wasn't going anywhere was almost beside the point.’
    • ‘The case naturally provoked a lot of commentary, much of it beside the point.’
    • ‘But any such intuition is utterly beside the point, irrelevant as well as impolite.’
    • ‘Whether we believe in capital punishment is beside the point, presumably those running these prisons think it's a fine idea.’
    • ‘Frankly, this sort of literary speculation is largely beside the point.’
    • ‘It's also rubbish, boring and largely made-up, but that is beside the point.’