Definition of on (or to) one side in English:

on (or to) one side


  • 1Out of one's way; aside.

    ‘heat the oil and fry the lamb, then remove and place on one side’
    • ‘If the wrong rubbish is in the grey bin, will it be taken out and left to one side, or will it be put back into the bin, after it has been emptied?’
    • ‘We stopped doing this after we found some rather large bugs in some rice that had been put off to one side.’
    • ‘As soon as it comes to the boil, remove it from the heat and put it to one side.’
    • ‘I should put it to one side and if I need to pay the taxman anything, I can use that.’
    • ‘When you're ready to make the sauce, remove the onion, bay leaf and peppercorns and keep them on one side.’
    • ‘The cast put their wellies to one side and donned the glad rags to perform songs from the musical High Society.’
    • ‘Throughout the long march which followed, she had remained to one side, parallel but alone.’
    • ‘The rest of the deck is put to one side to be dealt when the first six cards have been played.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a jar of peppers had been drained, with the vinegar being kept to one side.’
    • ‘Now she was sitting comfortably, her back was straight and her bag had been abandoned to one side.’
    to one side, to the side
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    1. 1.1 To be dealt with or considered later.
      ‘before the kick-off a player has to set his frustrations to one side’
      • ‘If we can put sentimental interests to one side then all can benefit.’
      • ‘I've now pushed all my doubts to one side and have made the leap.’
      • ‘Since I had children, that part of me has been put to one side temporarily.’
      • ‘You have to put the law to one side and turn to face what you think is the right decision for you.’
      • ‘If only he could have put his bruised ego to one side and managed something similar.’
      • ‘The subject is not closed, but it is put to one side, for private thought.’
      • ‘Leaving the architectural taste of other colleges to one side, the front quad is one of the great Oxford vistas.’