Definition of onside in English:


Pronunciation /ɒnˈsʌɪd//ˈɒnsʌɪd/

adverb & adjective

  • 1(of a player, especially in soccer, rugby, or hockey) occupying a position where playing the ball or puck is allowed; not offside.

    as adjective ‘an onside position’
    as adverb ‘he was trying to get back onside, but Williams shoved him’
    • ‘But what his manager would have given for him to be half a yard onside, rather than offside, when Craig Burley drilled a low shot goalwards in the 84th minute.’
    • ‘Free kick from the right, and the Swiss comically attempt to play the Croatians offside, the result of which is most of the Croatian team left most definitely onside and with only Stiel to beat.’
    • ‘The Frenchman had been played onside by his old team-mate Silvinho.’
    • ‘Even when we managed to score an early goal in the league cup semi final second leg at Anfield, it was ruled offside. It was so onside, we would have won that match and got to two finals that year.’
    • ‘And then, down the other end, Wolff is played onside by Marquez.’
    • ‘Marvin Robinson, played onside by Wayne Jacobs, licked his lips and gobbled up the invitation by smacking it by Paul Henderson.’
    • ‘The strike was ruled out for offside but television pictures later confirmed the Arsenal player had received the ball in an onside position.’
    • ‘As the kick was about to be taken the two designated players then ran back into onside positions to await any ‘bits and pieces’ that might develop.’
    • ‘An offensive tackle blocks down on a defensive tackle, the onside guard, in most cases, blocks the outside linebacker, and the fullback kicks out on the defensive end.’
    • ‘The Cowboys seemed to remember this and went onside on their very first kickoff chance for opening day 2001.’
    • ‘If he is nearer the centre line than the last defender then attacking players nearer to him may appear offside and players further away may appear onside, and vice versa.’
    • ‘Strings popped up and I was surprised there was nobody from Wales around me because they would be onside from a breaking ball like that.’
    • ‘Replays show that Scholes was definitely onside.’
    • ‘After verifying the onside linebacker is not blitzing, the fullback runs a sit-down pattern about 5 yards over the middle.’
    • ‘Sometimes you get a situation when there is one defender playing you onside and it is hard to spot but in this case there were three.’
    • ‘Few people can say that they really understand the change that permits a player to stand in an offside position at the start of a move and then be in an onside position to score at its climax.’
    • ‘They did plan his dismissal in the second innings though, having noticed his tendency to scoop the ball to the onside uppishly.’
    • ‘He probably would if he got the ball and was onside at the same time.’
    • ‘Robbie got in behind us but there was no question that he was onside and punished us.’
    • ‘He said Fowler was definitely onside for the first goal and neither he nor his players had any offside issues at the time with either of the other two goals.’
  • 2informal In or into a position of agreement.

    as adverb ‘the assurances helped bring officials onside’
    • ‘It will take a hell of a lot of work and persuasion to get the relevant parties onside though - especially when all of them will have some sympathy with VeriSign's position.’
    • ‘Of course, if the Government has actually been pledging taxpayer resources to an MP in order to keep that member onside, then that is a matter the House has a legitimate interest in knowing about.’
    • ‘Like her or not she influences the Left and having the American Left onside over there would save a lot of lives in the long run.’
    • ‘Paisley knows exactly what he is about, but he is also a useful person to have onside.’
    • ‘If G has that lot onside what could possibly go wrong?’
    • ‘With a mill and a log hauling company onside, it was just a case of finding a stretch of road that could be used as a test site, which turned out to be a 45-kilometre section of the Nazko and Tibbies roads, just west of Quesnel.’
    • ‘If the Government had been a little bit more patient about this bill and taken a little bit more time to get the public onside, then the events we have seen in the last year would have helped it achieve the goal it felt it needed to achieve.’
    • ‘The government pretends to be onside with the Auditor General, saying over and over again that the public accounts have been certified and confirmed.’
    • ‘The traditional method of using a year - end injection of additional equity to cause a company to come onside with respect to the existing thin cap rules will not have the same impact once the new rules are in effect.’
    • ‘Even though, as I mentioned, my inclinations are with Wilson, I think Gould is right in staying onside with Hume - I think one is always right in staying onside with Hume!’
    • ‘The message they send to the IOC is that only 35 days away from the vote in Singapore Britain's candidate city does not even have its own citizens onside.’
    • ‘With the public onside, the Department of Postal and Telegraphs was established in 1883 with Prince Bhanarungsi as director-general.’
    • ‘New Zealand cannot be bothered; it is not onside.’
    • ‘This was an advancement aided substantially by the often sizeable retirement bonus with which nervous emperors made further attempts to keep the military caste onside.’
    • ‘Labour will not do what most of its own supporters want because it wants to keep onside with the big boys' club, rather than with the citizens of New Zealand.’
    • ‘He has realised it is better to have them onside, however, especially as they have secured a block of 150 seats for each of the Tests - the first time they have sat en masse at home.’
    • ‘Nevertheless it should come as no surprise that our Tool Of the Week wants to get onside with tradespeople, after all, a once over of his policies shows that there's a screw loose in there somewhere.’
    • ‘Keeping the cash carrot dangling before the GAA ensures the organisation will remain onside when the National Stadium plan is put together.’
    • ‘The canny duo are currently demonstrating some fancy footwork in getting Aer Lingus onside as anchor tenants in any new terminal.’