Definition of on the right side of in English:

on the right side of

phrase

  • 1On the safe, appropriate, or desirable side of.

    ‘a record that fully embraces the theatricality of its genre but falls just on the right side of ridiculous’
    • ‘Frears always keeps his drama on the right side of plausibility, if only by a whisker.’
    • ‘It's useful and desirable, while staying on the right side of fetishistic.’
    • ‘A curious combination of the sweepingly monumental and the irascibly quirky - just on the right side of pretentious, some might say - awaits those prepared to give them a go.’
    • ‘There's a distinction between rehash and revision, though, and the Black Angels fall on the right side of that fence.’
    • ‘But anyone who's reached adulthood and remained on the right side of a pass mark is a pleasure to behold: the bright eyes, the confidence, the goodwill and good-heartedness.’
    • ‘On occasion this works fine: on Callier's Miles Davis tribute, 4 Miles, his backing band keep their solos just on the right side of overlong.’
    • ‘The motorway figure of 47 mpg shows the potential on long runs, so most owners should end up on the right side of 40 mpg.’
    • ‘Sounds to me like Krikorian has fully hedged his position so that he can be on the right side of this move either way.’
    • ‘But it stays on the right side of the dividing line between decent value and overpriced, with a three-course meal coming in at around £25, plus wine and service.’
    • ‘Jamie Bell, of Billy Elliot fame, in particular gives a very mature performance that rests just on the right side of quirky.’
    • ‘Fuel consumption is a good point and most owners should get well on the right side of 30 mpg, even when city driving predominates.’
    1. 1.1 In a position to be viewed with favour by.
      ‘he hasn't always remained on the right side of the law’
      • ‘Smaller companies confused by ever-changing employment laws can learn how to stay on the right side of new regulations at Business First 2004.’
      • ‘He said: ‘He wants to stay on the right side of the law.’’
      • ‘National park rangers have been demonstrating their latest piece of high-tech kit, which should help boat owners on Windermere stay on the right side of the law.’
      • ‘Being in the commodities business, often combined with being on the right side of the political power structure, was the main factor deciding which Russians made the list - and who dropped down or off it.’
      • ‘I was on the winning side which just proves that it's best to be on the right side of the law!’
      • ‘These are the kinds of things that criminals do, yet these people are said to be on the right side of the law.’
      • ‘They took good care throughout their reign to keep on the right side of the British for reasons of self-preservation, as much as loyalty to the principle of perpetual friendship prescribed in the peace treaty.’
      • ‘‘The first rule of a parliamentary candidate is ‘Get on the right side of the women’!’’
      • ‘It is difficult to see what an advertiser hoping to stay on the right side of Ofcom can usefully learn from these rulings, other than that you now need a PhD in gender studies before you can make an acceptable ad.’
      • ‘Consequently, companies took contribution holidays and/or took back some of the surpluses to keep on the right side of the Inland Revenue.’
      • ‘Although hands-free equipment can keep drivers on the right side of the law, some experts have warned such kits ignore the spirit of the new legislation and still provide a distraction from the road.’
    2. 1.2 Somewhat less than (a specified age)
      ‘she's on the right side of forty’
      • ‘Will it be lineage, caste and community politics or being on the right side of thirty?’
      • ‘He is just about on the right side of 30 but he looks like he could go on for years yet.’