Definition of side in English:



  • 1A position to the left or right of an object, place, or central point.

    ‘a town on the other side of the river’
    ‘on either side of the entrance was a garden’
    ‘Rona tilted her head to one side’
    [in combination] ‘stream-side plants’
    • ‘Cultivated fields stretch for kilometres along both sides of the river.’
    • ‘The estimates meeting takes place before Christmas but that is also a time when young people gather in the pubs and clubs on both sides of the river.’
    • ‘The man then sat down across the table from him and folded his arms on the desk as the guards took up positions at the sides of the door.’
    • ‘I have been told that some people on the other side of the river complain about noise and anti-social habits.’
    • ‘We were walking along the Thames Path, on the other side of the river.’
    • ‘To see how radically that has changed, just look at both sides of the river today.’
    • ‘The interior of the tower is now dry and a vast and fully lit undercroft spreads out on both sides of the early river gateway to the fortress.’
    • ‘What is missed by non-Londoners is that Waterloo and St Pancras may be only a few miles apart, but they are on different sides of the river.’
    • ‘She slowly tipped her head to the side as she positioned her mouth over his bottom lip.’
    • ‘As he is well aware, ambushes most always occurred from both sides of a river or canal simultaneously.’
    • ‘The streets were more deserted than ever but a few Iraqis were queuing on both sides of the Tigris River waiting for buses.’
    • ‘The policemen had taken up battle positions on the other side of the gate.’
    • ‘From the French windows of my room on the 14th floor, both sides of the river were clearly in view.’
    • ‘There was only one guard positioned on the other side of the doors, and he was walking away from her.’
    • ‘The Dutch built military facilities and trade offices on both sides of the river.’
    • ‘Your arms should be directly in front of your body or slightly out to the sides in the start position.’
    • ‘The study is looking at where the ends of the bridge would be put on both sides of the river.’
    • ‘Adam parked on the other side of the driveway near the barn and shut off the engine.’
    • ‘The purpose, as I see it, is to trap garbage which will flow to the side naturally as the river flows to the sea.’
    • ‘He said it would have been difficult if not impossible for the deceased to tie the knot in the position found at the side of the beam.’
    1. 1.1Either of the two halves of an object, surface, or place regarded as divided by an imaginary central line.
      ‘she lay on her side of the bed’
      ‘the left side of the brain’
      • ‘Well a syrinx has two passages, divided into two sides, so birds can make two sounds at once.’
      • ‘The headache then usually spreads up the back of the neck typically affecting one side of the head.’
      • ‘Cut off the arms and neck hole and divide the two sides in two to make four dusters: dampen them slightly and they work a treat without the use of polish.’
      • ‘This is an opening in the central wall of the heart that divides the right side from the left.’
      • ‘The heart is a muscular pump divided into two sides.’
      half, part
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    2. 1.2The right or the left part of a person's or animal's body, especially of the human torso.
      ‘he has been paralysed down his right side since birth’
      • ‘Position them on their sides to prevent them from choking on vomitus.’
      • ‘Her mind went blank but the next thing she could remember was the man standing over her, putting a knife into the right side of her body.’
      • ‘The stroke badly affected Mr Scantlebury's right side and ability to read and stand.’
      • ‘Nurses turned my body slowly on its side, so I could sleep and get feeling back in my legs.’
      • ‘I was lying on my side on two sheets of newspaper spread on the cement floor.’
      • ‘A stroke had left him partially paralysed down one side and had affected his speech.’
      • ‘The first man received nine stab wounds to his chest and the left-hand side of his body.’
      • ‘Lukas has a condition called Hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that only affects the right side of his body.’
      • ‘The freak accident, which the family maintains was an act of God, left her unable to speak and paralysed down one side.’
      • ‘He shifted his position to his side while focusing on the silent sleeper next to him.’
      • ‘They keep me even on both sides of my body, and I can stand up without falling backwards or tipping too far forwards.’
    3. 1.3Either of the lateral halves of the body of a butchered animal, or of an animal prepared for eating.
      ‘a side of beef’
      • ‘Preserved pork, including sides salted to make bacon, held a place of primary importance in the British diet in past centuries.’
      • ‘A side of pork or beef was cooked slowly in it, with new stones added throughout the cooking.’
      • ‘Mounds of oysters, long sides of smoked salmon and busy chefs cooking right in front of you are assurance enough of simple stuff done well.’
      • ‘Murdoch arrived just a little bit later driving a wagon laden with sides of beef and pork for the barbecue.’
  • 2An upright or sloping surface of a structure or object that is not the top or bottom and generally not the front or back.

    ‘a car crashed into the side of the house’
    ‘line the sides of the cake tin’
    [as modifier] ‘a side entrance’
    • ‘They riddled it from the front and on both sides with more than 100 bullets, killing the driver.’
    • ‘Pour enough chocolate gelée to come half way up the sides of the prepared mold.’
    • ‘It was around twenty feet long and ten feet wide, with the sides sloping down to a little clear ground in the middle.’
    • ‘The side needs to be positioned so that the other end of the angle bracket is on the stud.’
    • ‘There is a side entrance from the front of the house into the kitchen pantry area.’
    • ‘The lights are positioned on the sides and back of the black box and periodically shone directly into my eyes.’
    • ‘Grease the sides and line the bottom of a 20 cm square cake tin.’
    • ‘The side windows in the front come down far enough so I can see my dozer and what is in front of my front wheels.’
    • ‘It is located within a cluster of houses and has a side entrance and an extensive rear garden.’
    • ‘Turn it over and look at the top, front, back, sides and bottom.’
    • ‘One resident said that it felt like a lorry had crashed into the side of his house.’
    • ‘Customer logos can be embroidered on the front, sides, or rear of the cap.’
    • ‘Unless the tin has a non-stick surface, lightly grease the sides and line the bottom with baking paper.’
    • ‘The house has a side entrance, large garden to the rear and off street parking.’
    • ‘Officers clad in body amour burst in through its front and side entrances and held all customers and staff inside.’
    • ‘Sometimes they are built along the sides of steep slopes with varying amounts of exposure.’
    • ‘Pour enough hot water into the pan to come half way up the sides of the ramekins.’
    • ‘It is spacious and bright, with windows looking onto the front and the side of the house.’
    • ‘The attic was musty, wooden, with a low ceiling that reached its peak at the center and sloped gently toward the sides.’
    • ‘Something came right across my front windscreen and my side window was also hit.’
    1. 2.1The part of the hull of a boat extending from stem to stern between the gunwale and the waterline.
      ‘he hefted the anchor over the side’
    2. 2.2Each of the flat surfaces of a solid object.
      ‘cubes with a different decoration on each of the six sides’
      • ‘Cuboid cores are prepared blocky-like cubes of chert, with blades often produced on six sides.’
      • ‘However, some have pointed out that many crystals have six sides rather than four.’
      • ‘The album cover can only have been designed, and approved, by someone who owns dice with more than six sides.’
    3. 2.3Either of the two surfaces of something flat and thin, such as paper.
      ‘comments should not exceed one side of A4 paper’
      ‘the flysheet is silicone protected on both sides’
      • ‘I suppose they must have extra copies for when different articles of interest appear on both sides of a page.’
      • ‘Duplex simply means printing on both sides of the paper and it is recommended both for environmental and cost reasons.’
      • ‘Fifteen minutes elapse before he finishes reading both sides of the letter-sized paper.’
      • ‘Use both sides of printer paper, whether it is to run through the printer again, or other purposes.’
      • ‘Encouraged, though shy, Moon started using both sides of the paper.’
      • ‘Depending on the paper, some people have it on both sides of the comb.’
      • ‘Fusco even used both sides of the paper, turning the sheet as he was drawing.’
      • ‘Reasons must be given in writing for the nomination on no more than one side of A4 paper.’
      • ‘Michelangelo also traced the figure of Tityus on the other side of the paper.’
      • ‘That means the printer is able to print on both sides of the paper.’
      • ‘It seems incredible that it took so long for printers to be built with the capacity to print on both sides of paper.’
      • ‘Most campus printers are way cheaper when you use both sides of the paper.’
      • ‘The newspaper press has a number of printing units which are able to print on both sides of the paper at the same time, some in colour.’
      • ‘Dip one side of the rice paper into the water and hold it for five seconds.’
      • ‘The waxed side of the paper made it hard to keep the folds, but we got a lot of enjoyment out of trying to make the things fly.’
      • ‘Staff and children alike reused paper, photocopied on both sides and shredded waste paper.’
      surface, face, plane, part, facet, aspect, facade
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    4. 2.4The amount of writing needed to fill one side of a sheet of paper.
      ‘do not write more than three sides’
      • ‘Neither is much longer than two sides of a single sheet of paper.’
      • ‘I usually end up with at least 3 sides of A4 paper.’
      • ‘As a result, a typical Saturday ‘would result in thirty sides of notes handwritten on A4 paper’.’
      • ‘If the contrary science were reported in such a way, the resultant report would be less than a side of A4 paper.’
      • ‘The wine list is two sides of an A4 sheet with no room for showing off, and seems very intelligently chosen.’
      • ‘Remember also that all this may take some time, and involve reading several sides of A4 paper.’
    5. 2.5Either of the two faces of a record or of the two separate tracks on a length of recording tape.
      ‘the other side of the original 78 is free of any distortion’
      ‘put the tape on and listen to a whole side’
      • ‘There are six tracks split over two sides of vinyl, featuring daytime recording on one side and night-time workouts on the flip.’
      • ‘It just happened to be on the other side of the tape that had a Brian May album on.’
      • ‘Reliably, however, she woke up each time it was time to change sides on the tape.’
      • ‘You requested three or four numbers, so I have filled up one side of a cassette tape.’
  • 3A place or position closely adjacent to someone.

    ‘his wife stood at his side’
    • ‘At his side were the remains of his parents, the King and Queen of Novena.’
    • ‘Police are hunting a man who tried to snatch a three-year-old boy as he walked by his mother's side.’
    • ‘Pen smiled as her mother rushed to her side and gave her a light but intense hug.’
    • ‘They come in all shapes and sizes, they stand alert by one's side when not required and they have to be carried on escalators.’
    • ‘I turned to see one of my neighbors had came to my side.’
    • ‘At my side was another sick kid, a little boy who was sort of the poster child for the hospital.’
    • ‘She frowned at her creation as it faded from the glass then returned to her mother's side.’
    • ‘It was always a pleasure to have Raj by one's side when major neck surgery was required.’
    • ‘I flushed at the childish nickname, but crossed the room quickly to my mother's side.’
    • ‘Tenderly lifting her, he carried her back to the cave and placed her by her mother's side.’
    • ‘Julie walked up to her mother's side and brushed a piece of hair out of her face.’
    • ‘His father, closest to him, grabbed the child while his mother raced to his side.’
    • ‘He slipped away from my mother's side, tiptoed across the room and made himself a cup of tea.’
  • 4A part or region near the edge and away from the middle of something.

    ‘a minibus was parked at the side of the road’
    ‘cottages on the south side of the green’
    • ‘The two cars, a Volvo and a Metro, had been parked safely at the side of the road outside his home in Foxwood Lane, York.’
    • ‘The coach had been parked at the side of the road by the driver who was planning to collect it the next morning.’
    • ‘The Audi saloon was parked at the side of the road when it was hit by the Toyota.’
    • ‘Instead, Mowat was forced to lie at the side of the river in agony until the emergency services arrived.’
    • ‘There is enough room for a person to tiptoe through but not enough for more than one foot at a time on the sides near the railings.’
    • ‘We parked at the side of the road and crossed over to look out from the, ahem, vista point.’
    • ‘Freeman drives a Jaguar with a personalised number plate and has a flat in a plush area in the south side of Glasgow.’
    • ‘She looked up at her surroundings, surprised to note that she was near the side of a road.’
    • ‘The Evening Press reported how a van driver had come across the woman slumped in an armchair at the side of the road near shops.’
    • ‘Perks did the same to every member of the team before taking his position at the side of the track.’
    • ‘I saw a crowd of about 40 shocked and terrified people along the south side of the car park, trying to get away.’
    • ‘Panca added that there was also two other men on another motorcycle parked at the side of the road.’
    edge, border, verge, boundary, margin, fringe, fringes, flank, brink, bank, brim, rim, lip, perimeter, circumference, extremity, periphery, limit, outer limit, limits, bound, bounds
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    1. 4.1Each of the lines forming the boundary of a plane rectilinear figure.
      ‘the farm buildings formed three sides of a square’
      • ‘A Pythagoras tiling covers the plane with periodic copies of the squares on the sides of the right triangle.’
      • ‘This describes the special relationship between the lengths of the sides of right-angle triangles.’
      • ‘Several inns lined the south side of the square and large residences covered the east and west sides.’
      • ‘He gives the example of the exercise of trying to draw a seven-sided figure with equal sides, using only a ruler and compass.’
      • ‘Albert Square E15 isn't so much a square as two sides of a rectangle.’
      • ‘For purposes of clarification: a hexagon is a polygon with six sides and six angles.’
      • ‘One way to draw this is to start with an equilateral triangle, which has three sides of equal length.’
      • ‘As the number of a polygon's sides increases, these catenary segments get shorter and flatter.’
      • ‘For example he showed that among polygons with equal perimeter and an equal number of sides, the regular polygon has the greatest area.’
      • ‘How much more sacred than our triangle would be a square, a pentagon, a decagon, a figure with a hundred sides?’
      • ‘The cathedral stands on one side of a historic square with government buildings lining the other sides.’
      • ‘The word ‘scalene’ is used to describe a triangle with sides of unequal lengths.’
      • ‘The first day of school, she told me that I must be pretty stupid if I didn't know a hexagon had six sides.’
      • ‘All the squares and all the rectangles have sides which are Fibonacci numbers in length.’
      • ‘The lines midway between parallel sides of the hexagon also form a triangle.’
      • ‘In plan the house is a long thin strip around three sides of an octagon.’
  • 5A person or group opposing another or others in a dispute, contest, or debate.

    ‘the two sides agreed to resume border trade’
    ‘whose side are you on?’
    • ‘All we did in that discussion was to reaffirm the positions that both sides took at the six-party talks last week.’
    • ‘There was concern that the opposing sides in the funeral dispute might travel to the hospital for the remains.’
    • ‘In genuine dialogue both sides have positions at risk.’
    • ‘It is generally agreed, by all sides of the debate on this matter, that the legislation itself is out of date and needs reform.’
    • ‘The investigating committee was struck by the entrenchment of both sides in their positions over time.’
    • ‘Yesterday, factions involved with both sides in the dispute became embroiled in violent scuffles outside the court.’
    • ‘The two sides clashed at opposing protests in London Tuesday as the British parliament was in session.’
    • ‘In this particular exercise we see lawyers from both sides arguing mutually exclusive positions.’
    • ‘Both sides took extreme positions, leaving plenty of room for negotiations in the weeks to come.’
    • ‘By day five of the uprising, both sides had stabilised their positions.’
    • ‘There is virtually no common ground between the two opposing sides in the debate over the Constitutional Reform Bill.’
    • ‘I think that both sides have enunciated their positions clearly.’
    • ‘This decision has annoyed people from both sides of the debate.’
    • ‘Indeed, what is most troubling is that both sides to the dispute have cynically resorted to the rule of law only when it suited them.’
    • ‘By the time of the return trip, the two sides may be in position to make further progress.’
    • ‘In this debate the opposing sides rarely address the other's best arguments.’
    • ‘Delegates from two African countries fighting on opposing sides of a bloody war are this week expected to attend an arms fair hosted by the Government.’
    • ‘We will talk to two congressmen on opposing sides of this issue next.’
    • ‘What actually happened that night is disputed by both sides.’
    • ‘However, it was agreed by both sides that the position of the wife is dependent on that of the applicant.’
    faction, camp, bloc, clique, caucus, entente, axis, ring, party, wing, splinter group, sect, clan, set
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    1. 5.1British A sports team.
      ‘there was a mixture of old and young players in their side’
      • ‘His hunger to get on the ball, to take on his old team, kept his side going and the goal then changed the balance.’
      • ‘Credit must go to all the players from both sides for a competitive game that never boiled over the limits.’
      • ‘Overall it was a battling team performance from both sides with the man of the match award going to Liam Chipman.’
      • ‘This was a good game to watch with the players on both sides taking credit.’
      • ‘Previous England rugby sides, and England teams in many other sports, would have crumbled under the weight of such errors.’
      • ‘In Mediterranean conditions players of both sides contributed to a thrilling encounter.’
      • ‘Take any of these players out of the side and they are a different proposition.’
      • ‘Colin Hendry's side are hoping to erase memories of a tame defeat at Torquay last weekend.’
      • ‘Given his side's position in the relative comfort zone of fifth place, this appeared almost paranoid.’
      • ‘Both the Australia rugby league and rugby union sides are thinking of cancelling tours to this country.’
      • ‘The win was particularly sweet as it was achieved without two of the side's leading players.’
      • ‘Jol shaped a good side from a young squad last season and started to get results.’
      • ‘It was quite upsetting for the rest of the players, from both sides, and very stressful.’
      • ‘Players on both sides insist they played hard even when nothing was at stake.’
      • ‘Both sides had pressure positions late on but the Scots held on for a 13-11 win.’
      • ‘To be honest, they were our preferred opponents out of the four sides in the play-offs.’
      • ‘They'll face better sides than this Monaco team, but you can only beat what's put in front of you.’
      • ‘This should be one of the closest and most professional games of the round as the two sides try to position themselves for a home semi final.’
      • ‘Each side exchanged scores with only two points dividing the sides at half time.’
      • ‘I know many sides in the Premier league would be happy to be in seventh place, but we should be higher.’
      team, squad, line-up, crew
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    2. 5.2The position, interests, or attitude of one person or group, especially when regarded as being in opposition to another or others.
      ‘Mrs Burt hasn't kept her side of the bargain’
      ‘I would have loved to have heard his side of the argument’
      • ‘Their aim is to provide a neutral space to enable people to hear all sides of the argument on Europe and to have their say, in their own areas.’
      • ‘I quite like listening to him because I like to hear both sides of an argument.’
      • ‘We have worked alongside local tenant groups to make sure that people hear both sides of the argument, and to encourage them to vote no.’
      • ‘On Monday a planning inspector heard both sides of the argument before visiting the site.’
      • ‘It is interesting that the opposition to the bill fell on both sides of that argument.’
      • ‘I was in disbelief at how these public officials weren't interested in hearing the other side.’
      • ‘It is a coincidence that we should now be hearing their side of the argument, but it is highly relevant.’
      • ‘He was also critical of the police, alleging they were not interested in investigating his side of the story.’
      • ‘I have heard both sides of the argument about money and Pagan spirituality.’
      • ‘Similarities also exist between the left and the interests on the other side of the issue.’
      • ‘She is a much needed conservative voice in an often liberal media, and will fight to have both sides of every argument heard.’
      • ‘Well even though I was brought up in the city for part of my life I moved to the country at a fairly young age so I have heard both sides of the arguments to this topic!’
      • ‘Here, the Daily Echo presents views from both sides of the argument.’
      • ‘The public deserve to hear both sides of the argument because this is the single most important decision to face this country.’
      • ‘I am in the unenviable position of understanding both sides of the issue perfectly.’
      • ‘Councils should be challenged to pay for tenants to attend so they can hear both sides of this argument.’
      • ‘I put it up there out of respect for his place in blogging and in the interests of having both sides of the political spectrum represented.’
      point of view, viewpoint, view, perspective, opinion, way of thinking, mind, standpoint, stance, stand, position, attitude, posture, outlook, frame of reference, slant, aspect, angle, facet
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  • 6A particular aspect of a situation or a person's character.

    ‘her ability to put up with his disagreeable side’
    • ‘The negative side of this aspect is that self-indulgence may cause physical problems.’
    • ‘Those criticisms have provided an opportunity for a critique of some aspects of the operational side of the scheme.’
    • ‘His delivery and facial expressions expose the many sides of his character and even hint at his own hypocrisy.’
    • ‘It's the closest we get to seeing the more vulnerable side of her.’
    • ‘According to the young bride, her wedding was the bringing together of the emotional and business sides of her character.’
    • ‘I've seen an ugly, petty side of people that I'd rather not have known about.’
    • ‘As with every debate, a moment arrived when the two men were given an opportunity to show their human sides.’
    • ‘Colly still has a mad side to his character that he did as a player.’
    • ‘Yet he was also an awkward companion, with a cranky side to his character.’
    • ‘It was never overly political but always attached to the human side of events.’
    • ‘You can only see the funny side in a situation like this; both he and Louise certainly did.’
    • ‘There are some rather unexpected sides to Freer's character.’
    • ‘His newly-found sensitive side is winning him lots of affection from both the housemates and the public.’
    • ‘Other characters also show darker sides to their personalities.’
    • ‘Inspector Miles has even tried to inject a bit of humour into the letter and said the police were trying to show their human side.’
    • ‘That is one of the less pleasant sides of our character and it strongly suggests a lack of backbone.’
    • ‘He was always the first to see the funny side of any situation and his smile lit up any room he entered.’
    • ‘It is easy to say that your job isn't you and that you've got other sides to your character.’
    • ‘They represent the dark side and undesirable aspect of the modern and civilised world.’
    • ‘So we've focused on the humour and the human side of politicians themselves.’
    1. 6.1A person's kinship or line of descent as traced through either their father or mother.
      ‘Richard was of French descent on his mother's side’
      • ‘In fact, on his mother's side he was descended from fur traders and native Indians.’
      • ‘Mrs Marx was a Campbell on her mother's side and was a cousin of the then Duke of Argyll.’
      • ‘He wanted to know more about his grandfather on his mother's side.’
      • ‘His mother's side of the family owned a farm where he spent most of his summers.’
      • ‘It is there from either side, but stronger on just one side of my lineage, my mother's side.’
      • ‘A mechanic's son, he is descended on his mother's side from a line of griots.’
      • ‘He was a military man, a colonel, who came from a long line of military men on my mother's side of the family.’
      • ‘On his mother's side of the family, Ian found a further rich seam of history.’
      • ‘Her father was an engineer and her relations on her mother's side were miners.’
      • ‘He took the side of his mother, whose royalist background in the west of France he subsequently mythologized.’
      • ‘I come from a family which is steeped in the law, on both my mother's and father's sides.’
      • ‘Lynne and her sister went off to live with an aunt on her mother's side.’
      • ‘With his patrician ancestry, going back to the Puritans on his mother's side, he acts as though he is born to rule.’
      • ‘It started with a message from my sister, notifying me that my eldest cousin on my father's side was getting married.’
      • ‘Many relatives on my mother's side experienced the Nazis at first hand during the Second World War.’
      • ‘My forebears on my mother's side were farmers and fishermen at Marshside near Southport.’
      • ‘All my ancestors on both my father's and mother's sides were employed in the mining and steel industries.’
      • ‘Partly Spanish by ancestry, he claimed descent on his father's side from the Scottish monarchy.’
      • ‘The two figures you see down here beside the roots are actually my grandparents on my mother's side.’
      • ‘His mother's side of the family were farming in Upper Wharfedale in the 14th century.’
  • 7British informal A television channel considered as one of two or more that are available.

    ‘what's on the other side?’
  • 8[as modifier] Subsidiary to or less important than something.

    ‘a side dish of fresh vegetables’
    • ‘I found the large salad a bit small for a meal, but it's the perfect size for two to share as a side dish.’
    • ‘The meals are typically served with salads, rice and other side orders.’
    • ‘Generally, side dishes serve to add flavor to the rice rather than provide nutrients.’
    • ‘We also chose a side dish of beancurd and vegetables in a sweet and sour sauce.’
    • ‘Our meat fondue came with our choice of side dish, Caesar salad, rice pilaf and a baguette.’
    • ‘The side dish had enough to feed two, let alone garnish a single plate.’
    • ‘There are also numerous side events for both the children and adults to add to the enjoyment.’
    • ‘The Rib Tickler is a pork or beef rib dinner for four, complete with side dishes.’
    • ‘You should now be in possession of the revised amendment of the conditions and side letter following our meeting.’
    • ‘You can even boil the greens just as you would spinach and serve as a side dish with ham.’
    • ‘There are plenty of side quests that don't feel tacked on or completely irrelevant to the main goal.’
    • ‘The Big Top, thankfully, is up already: but a host of side tents are still being assembled.’
    • ‘You could serve it as a side dish, on its own with a salad, or as part of buffet spread.’
    • ‘I suppose only working for 24 hours out of a year leaves him a lot time to run side businesses.’
    • ‘After just the right wait, they arrived, each accompanied by a side dish of steamed vegetables.’
    • ‘The chefs had 60 minutes to prepare and cook one main curry dish and one side dish with rice or bread.’
    • ‘This is a simple recipe which goes down well as a crunchy starter or as a side dish.’
    • ‘Flat bread is a great side dish for dipping in and soaking up those sauces.’
    • ‘You don't really need these side dishes, though, especially if you get an appetizer.’
    • ‘There is a good choice of soups, salads, side dishes and fine vegetarian dishes.’
    subordinate, lesser, lower, lower-level, secondary, minor, peripheral, incidental, tangential, marginal, ancillary, subsidiary, subservient, non-essential, inessential, immaterial, borderline, irrelevant, beside the point, of little account, extraneous, unimportant, less important
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    1. 8.1North American A dish served as subsidiary to the main one.
      ‘sides of German potato salad and red cabbage’
      • ‘This would make a great side with fish for instance, or can be served as a main dish.’
      • ‘The potatoes and shallots were excellent sides, sweet and soft and flavorful.’
  • 9[mass noun] Horizontal spinning motion given to a ball.

    • ‘But the value of side spin is only apparent when rail shots come into play.’
    • ‘As in the console versions, you're also able to add top and side spin to the ball while it's airborne, which may seem a little unrealistic, but it makes the game more enjoyable.’
    • ‘The ancillary action of the cue ball, when using side spin to compensate for throw, is an entirely different subject that can not be covered here.’
    • ‘You can add side spin and/or backspin/topspin.’
    • ‘However, if one attempts side spin, and accidentally puts vertical spin on the ball as well, the spin axis is changed and the ball can curve off the intended path.’
    1. 9.1British Spin given to the cue ball in snooker and billiards by hitting it on one side.
      • ‘He put a lot of left hand side on the cue ball, sending it round the table.’
  • 10British informal [mass noun], [usually with negative] Boastful or pretentious manner or attitude.

    ‘there was absolutely no side to him’
    pretension, pretentiousness, affectation, affectedness, ostentation, ostentatiousness, artificiality, attitudinizing, airs, airs and graces, superciliousness, posing, posturing, showing off, boasting, boastfulness, hypocrisy, snobbery, show, flashiness
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  • 11West Indian Either of a pair of things.

    ‘a pair of shoes, one side winged by a bullet’


  • 1[no object] Support or oppose in a conflict, dispute, or debate.

    ‘he felt that Max had betrayed him by siding with Beatrice’
    • ‘A layman studying Ferguson's chaotic, violent past might also choose to side with the police.’
    • ‘The difference is, of course, that in the classroom the other kids don't side with the bully.’
    • ‘I'm close to my Mum so I sided with her and started supporting Liverpool too.’
    • ‘Why do they even bother to wear uniforms if they are only going to side with the powerful and the rich?’
    • ‘So we are inclined to side with the powerless rather than the powerful.’
    • ‘An arbitrator was called in to settle the dispute and sided with the Flyers.’
    • ‘Let's hope the courts side with the consumers, and gut this stupid law of its potency.’
    • ‘I believe she made this statement in an attempt to encourage me to side with her.’
    • ‘Let the councillors side with local people rather than the interests of big business.’
    • ‘Rob can also side with enemies of his country without fear of consequences.’
    • ‘So clearly they would side with the husband in the case, at least based on how we look at it.’
    • ‘Her mother always sided with Jerry these days, so arguing would be to no avail.’
    • ‘Marie was disappointed that Ben had chosen to side with the management.’
    • ‘Most people would have been upset with their lack of faith but he had to side with them.’
    • ‘I overheard father say once that some of the other kingdoms are starting to side with him.’
    • ‘To side with big business against environmental regulation does these countries no credit.’
    • ‘He protests, but when Pickering sides with his mother he accepts the criticism.’
    • ‘Now I don't know whether clients can get this bad, but I'm sure someone can side with me on this.’
    • ‘If New Labour prefers to side with big business, maybe it's time for a genuine socialist alternative?’
    • ‘I appreciate that there are cogent reasons to side with the respondent on this issue.’
    support, give one's support to, take the part of, side with, be on the side of, stand by, stand up for, stick up for, be supportive of, encourage, back, back up, give one's backing to, uphold, take to one's heart, be loyal to, defend, come to the defence of, champion, ally with, ally oneself with, associate oneself with, sympathize with, favour, prefer, abet, aid and abet
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  • 2[with object] Provide with a side or sides; form the side of.

    ‘the hills that side a long valley’
    • ‘We left the farmlands now, and the road was sided by hills and long grass waves glittering in the wind.’


  • by (or at) someone's side

    • Close to someone, especially so as to give them comfort or moral support.

      ‘a stepson who stayed by your side when your own son deserted you’
      • ‘I cannot see what Roy thinks of me, but he is the only person that I know who will stay by my side, no matter what.’
      • ‘My guide was brilliant, he stayed by my side and kept me going all the time.’
      • ‘But, now that I have returned, I would like to take this opportunity to promise to stay by your side forever.’
      • ‘And all she could do was sit and feel quite helpless, wishing she was at Anna's side to comfort her and hold her hand.’
      • ‘I wanted to make sure these people were going to stay by my side and they were going to love me until I left.’
      • ‘But, my dear lady, I wish to remain with you, to stay by your side and protect you in times of danger, and to assist you as you live out your destiny.’
      • ‘She stayed by my side, and defended me when someone decided to say something negative to me.’
      • ‘I long to be by your side to comfort you in your time of pain.’
      • ‘It is beneficial to reassure your child that you will be staying by their side, and promote the idea that the hospital is a safe place to be.’
      • ‘She has told police that she is prepared to stay by his side for as long as it takes.’
  • by the side of

    • Close to.

      ‘a house by the side of the road’
      • ‘Nigel lives in Majorca and showed me a photo of his house, by the side of a mountain, overlooking the sea.’
      • ‘As the altitude decreases, wild flowers and birds emerge by the side of the trail.’
      • ‘A second permanent rink will be placed by the side of the main building.’
      • ‘The other night we saw a poor, abandoned, unwanted, unloved creature by the side of the road.’
      • ‘Rubbish is often dumped by the side of country lanes where the offenders can empty out their cars or vans without being seen.’
  • from side to side

    • 1Alternately left and right from a central point.

      ‘I shook my head frantically from side to side’
      • ‘Looking from side to side, he slipped quickly through the kitchen into the hallway.’
      • ‘Her eyes flick from side to side as if she is avoiding tears.’
      • ‘On the odd occasion I managed to look down, I could see the float out of the water rushing frantically from side to side.’
      • ‘She stretched her neck from side to side and made her way over.’
      • ‘You can complete all reps for one side before going to the other or alternate from side to side.’
      • ‘By the age of nine, he was not able to walk or stand, or even turn his head from side to side.’
      • ‘The road was really wet and my car started bouncing from side to side and going towards the central reservation.’
      • ‘Work your way out from the center, alternating from side to side and top to bottom.’
      • ‘Her eyes dart frantically from side to side and she shoots me a petrified stare.’
      • ‘Alex pushed the joystick forward and from side to side, and rolled his little thumbs over the buttons.’
    • 2Across the entire width; right across.

      ‘the fleet stretched four miles from side to side’
      • ‘Both sets of defences were on high alert as play swung from side to side.’
      • ‘The ball had been switched from side to side before finally Stark was given the scoring pass wide on the right.’
      • ‘With only five of us in the basket there was plenty of space to go from side to side.’
      in breadth, in width, from side to side, wide, across, thick
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  • have something on one's side (or something is on one's side)

    • Have something operating to one's advantage.

      ‘now he had time on his side, Thomas relaxed a little’
      • ‘If you choose not to work over that limit, the law is on your side and makes clear that you must not be discriminated against in any way.’
      • ‘All they know is that God is on their side, naturally.’
      • ‘We are very confident that the momentum is on our side.’
      • ‘Readers need to know that the ombudsman is on their side.’
      • ‘He argues that the administering of swift punishment for an offence not only makes the criminal think twice, but reassures law-abiding members of society that the justice system is on their side.’
      • ‘And on that, I'm not sure I would say categorically that time is on our side.’
      • ‘She thinks the law is on her side and she has power.’
      • ‘The self-styled forces of ‘progress’ believe that justice is on their side.’
      • ‘Every issue, from genetic engineering to urban planning, sparks divisive debates about morality, with all sides claiming that right is on their side.’
      • ‘They're 100 percent convinced that justice is on their side.’
  • let the side down

    • Fail to meet the expectations of one's colleagues or friends, especially by mismanaging something.

      ‘the city council is determined not to let the side down by exposing itself to any potential charges of ‘loony Leftism’’
      • ‘The Lions forwards put in a heroic effort but the backs offered no threat with the ball in hand and their defence, both collective and individual, let the side down.’
      • ‘I am beginning to worry I may be letting the side down.’
      • ‘However, we'll put up a fight and won't let the side down.’
      • ‘A writer choosing to live in Holland or Ireland rather than Scotland has somehow let the side down; one whose work is set outside Scotland has abandoned their roots.’
      • ‘A substantial house needs a substantial garden of course, and this property certainly doesn't let the side down.’
      • ‘But still he suffered the inevitable accusation of letting the side down, something that has been thrown at him since his recent move.’
      • ‘It goes without saying that Bordeaux is better known for reds but this wine certainly doesn't let the side down.’
      • ‘On yesterday's form neither of them would let the side down and picking one over the other will be a tough call for the international selectors.’
      • ‘Before we've even met, I feel vaguely as if I've let the side down.’
      • ‘Not one to want to let the side down, I allowed my arm to be twisted.’
  • on/from every side

    • In or from all directions; everywhere.

      ‘there were shouts now from all sides’
      • ‘Socialist literature was showered everywhere and eagerly purchased on all sides.’
      • ‘The Doyles awoke to a flaming ceiling and dense black smoke on all sides.’
      • ‘The jungle surrounds us on every side: a wall of green which hums with the buzz of cicadas and a million other unseen insects.’
      • ‘We had now arrived at the top of the ridge and the land fell steeply on every side.’
      • ‘There are casualties on all sides, but three extremists manage to survive.’
  • 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’
      • ‘The cast put their wellies to one side and donned the glad rags to perform songs from the musical High Society.’
      • ‘I should put it to one side and if I need to pay the taxman anything, I can use that.’
      • ‘We stopped doing this after we found some rather large bugs in some rice that had been put off to one side.’
      • ‘The rest of the deck is put to one side to be dealt when the first six cards have been played.’
      • ‘As soon as it comes to the boil, remove it from the heat and put it to 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?’
      • ‘Throughout the long march which followed, she had remained to one side, parallel but alone.’
      • ‘When you're ready to make the sauce, remove the onion, bay leaf and peppercorns and keep them on one side.’
      • ‘Now she was sitting comfortably, her back was straight and her bag had been abandoned to one side.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a jar of peppers had been drained, with the vinegar being kept to one side.’
      to one side, to the side
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      1. 1.1To be dealt with or considered later.
        ‘before the kick-off a player has to set his frustrations to one side’
        • ‘The subject is not closed, but it is put to one side, for private thought.’
        • ‘If only he could have put his bruised ego to one side and managed something similar.’
        • ‘Since I had children, that part of me has been put to one side temporarily.’
        • ‘If we can put sentimental interests to one side then all can benefit.’
        • ‘You have to put the law to one side and turn to face what you think is the right decision for you.’
        • ‘Leaving the architectural taste of other colleges to one side, the front quad is one of the great Oxford vistas.’
        • ‘I've now pushed all my doubts to one side and have made the leap.’
  • on the side

    • 1In addition to one's regular job or as a subsidiary source of income.

      ‘his main job was a cop but on the side he sold water purifiers’
      • ‘Traditional puppeteers supplement their income by selling craft on the side.’
      • ‘Was the chief earning a little extra income on the side to make ends meet?’
      • ‘They are renting those rooms out to boarders and making quite a tidy income on the side.’
      • ‘Not only are consultants well paid by the state, they are also allowed to perform private work on the side.’
    • 2Secretly, especially with regard to an illicit sexual relationship.

      ‘Brian had a mistress on the side’
      • ‘I have seen a number of women on the side and always justified it by my wife's lack of interest.’
      • ‘He has affairs on the side and says there is a pool of other South Asian men doing just that.’
      • ‘So there's a good chance she could be dating a young guy on the side.’
      • ‘This girl has spent her life reading books and being a scholar, while I read on the side.’
      • ‘We both had a few little flings on the side, but nothing too major, or at least not on my part.’
      • ‘It's just a cover story so the pair of you can have something on the side.’
      • ‘Being parents and having a secret lifestyle on the side was hard for both of them.’
      covertly, without anyone knowing, in secret, in private, privately, in confidence, confidentially, behind closed doors, behind the scenes, behind someone's back, under cover, under the counter, discreetly, unobserved, quietly, furtively, stealthily, on the sly, on the quiet, privily, conspiratorially, clandestinely, on the side
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    • 3Served separately from the main dish.

      ‘a club sandwich with French fries on the side’
      • ‘It is difficult to know exactly what to serve on the side with something you eat in this manner.’
      • ‘To make the sauce, simply mix the mayonnaise, garlic and dill together and serve on the side.’
      • ‘My favourite dish is grilled tuna with steamed spinach on the side.’
      • ‘It was chicken and dumpling soup with a slice of bread on the side and a glass of water.’
      • ‘The breaded meat, fried to crispness, is served with mashed potatoes and a simple salad on the side.’
      • ‘Although the fish makes its own light sauce during baking you may want to serve a fruity salsa on the side.’
      • ‘Coffee still seems to be the main staple with a small sandwich or salad on the side.’
      • ‘I asked for salsa rather than sour cream on the side and this added a fiery edge.’
      • ‘You can serve this with whipped cream on the side, or add in a few chopped dates before baking.’
      • ‘If picnicking, serve it at room temperature with a cucumber salad on the side.’
  • on the —— side

    • Tending towards being ——; rather ——

      ‘these boots are a bit on the tight side’
      • ‘The meat was tender, but just a little too much on the fatty side to enjoy as a cold dish.’
      • ‘Now they just give him three months every three months, just to be on the safe side.’
      • ‘The slices of duck were too small and a little on the tough side, and the pear chutney was bland.’
      • ‘Only a handful of cod were caught and those landed were a little on the small side.’
      • ‘If there was a downside, you could argue that the bill was a little on the hefty side.’
      • ‘In fact the whole place was a bit on the quiet side, but maybe I arrived a bit early in the day.’
      • ‘I got only a few steps along the lane for my walk today before realizing it was a bit on the cold side for me.’
      • ‘There was a tiny amount of a temperature, and his usually cold and damp nose was a tad on the dry side.’
      • ‘All three are on the light side, but they make the most of their resources and more.’
      • ‘It was just a touch on the rude side but it made me laugh until my toes curled.’
  • side by side

    • 1(of two or more people or things) close together and facing the same way.

      ‘on we jogged, side by side, for a mile’
      • ‘Blake joined her in the chant, and the two laid down on the grass, side by side, closing their eyes.’
      • ‘The vehicles park side by side, the brides are hastily exchanged, and the cars head home to the waiting grooms.’
      • ‘As we walked side by side through the park Jacob reached out and clasped my hand in his.’
      • ‘After a short walk through the trees, they arrived at two tan jeeps parked side by side in a small dirt clearing.’
      • ‘The next time Will comes to the office, Sean greets him at the door and they head off to a park where they sit side by side on a bench looking forward.’
      • ‘Soon, the boys were at the park, walking side by side in silence.’
      • ‘Sara clasped her hands around his and leaned in closer so that they were walking side by side, both smiling and blushing.’
      • ‘Adrian walked closer to Damien and stood side by side next to him.’
      • ‘We walked side by side until we got to the park, not saying a word to each other.’
      • ‘The canyon was too narrow for the horses to turn around, or even stand side by side.’
      beside each other, abreast, level, shoulder to shoulder, cheek by jowl, together, close together
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      1. 1.1Together.
        ‘the two institutions worked side by side in complete harmony’
        • ‘For these words, I may just give two definitions side by side.’
        • ‘Then we'll edit each other's copy and make the changes side by side at the computer.’
        • ‘The two prophecies sit side by side, but sound discordant when heard together.’
        • ‘It may be difficult to manage, but it cannot be impossible to run the two programmes either side by side or together.’
        at the same time, at one and the same time, at the same instant, at the same moment, simultaneously, contemporaneously
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  • side of the fence

    • Used to refer to either of the opposing positions or interests involved in a particular situation.

      ‘whatever side of the fence you are on, the debate on conventional versus organic farming is not going to disappear’
      • ‘There were some people on the other side of the fence, may I say, who reached out and suggested it.’
      • ‘I'm just here to let people know what was really going down on my side of the fence.’
      • ‘In 1994 they had been on the other side of the fence, yet, today they all sit next to each other peacefully in church.’
      • ‘Join me as we look at these issues from the other side of the fence.’
      • ‘You were a media planner, and handled the media campaigns of other models, so what did you learn from the other side of the fence?’
      • ‘As a fan, I'm looking forward to being on the other side of the fence.’
      • ‘But he wanted me to stop as a player and go on that side of the fence.’
      • ‘I hope to understand where people who sit on the other side of the fence from me are coming from.’
      • ‘I used the term odd, because the same electoral trend was not apparent on the nationalist side of the fence.’
      • ‘Now, we're on the opposite side of the fence - we're selling the little house we've grown to love.’
  • take sides

    • Support one person or cause against another or others in a dispute or contest.

      ‘I do not want to take sides in this matter’
      • ‘Today it seems as if there is no need to be ashamed when taking sides.’
      • ‘Some people are already taking sides, and the boss is looking for support from the people in your department.’
      • ‘In any event, while ever aware of these differences, we have chosen not to be drawn into the dispute since as historians we can't afford the luxury of taking sides.’
      • ‘The Labour MP, who called the meeting, told union members he could not take sides in an industrial dispute.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, with the exception of France, countries took sides and stayed there.’
      • ‘Instead, it essentially took sides in the long-running Afghan civil war, linking up with any faction that opposed the Taliban.’
      • ‘Parents can help their children through a breakup by being supportive without taking sides.’
      • ‘Some parents took sides with the government policy and supported the plan in force.’
      • ‘That councilors took sides is not only ludicrous, it is illogical.’
      • ‘She hated watching us fight, but never took sides and could only muster up a whimper for a truce.’
      support, give one's support to, take the part of, side with, be on the side of, stand by, stand up for, stick up for, be supportive of, encourage, back, back up, give one's backing to, uphold, take to one's heart, be loyal to, defend, come to the defence of, champion, ally with, ally oneself with, associate oneself with, sympathize with, favour, prefer, abet, aid and abet
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  • take (or draw) someone to/on one side

    • Speak to someone in private, especially so as to advise or warn them about something.

      ‘the coach is always taking me to one side, telling me what I should and shouldn't do’
      • ‘On the basis that real friends should point out the error of their ways to save their friends from trouble, Bertie should take George to one side and tell him.’
      • ‘It was as though he had been taken to one side and told to keep his mouth shut.’
      • ‘However members of staff did take her to one side and request she get rid of the red streaks.’
      • ‘They took me to one side, sat me down and said it was cancer, but it was treatable.’
      • ‘Before they embarrass themselves further, take them to one side and explain.’
      • ‘He quickly took Tania to one side and spoke to her.’
      • ‘As midnight struck, Eddie took Tracey to one side and slipped the ring they had chosen together on to her finger.’
      • ‘My father took me to one side and told me I had to save the family honour.’
      • ‘He respects my age and quite often takes me to one side and speaks to me about players.’
      • ‘When you were in a bad mood he would take you to one side and help make a joke out of it.’
  • this side of

    • 1Before (a particular time, date, or event)

      ‘this side of midnight’
      • ‘They have tough questions for him on his proposals and farmers are entitled to have his answers this side of the referendum.’
      • ‘Half of the next album is written and parts of it are already in demo form, so expect new material sometime this side of 2005.’
      • ‘If everyone reading this downloads just three tracks each, we can prevent her from releasing anything this side of 2015.’
      • ‘They owe nothing to the new leader and see little prospect of a Tory election victory this side of 2009.’
      • ‘He has sabotaged any chance of Australia becoming a Republic this side of the millennium but we will become a Republic some time in the next ten years.’
      • ‘Unfortunately I don't think we will see him play again this side of Christmas.’
      • ‘She reckons she has another three novels in her, so anyone who expects another this side of 2010 should probably lay off the codeine.’
      1. 1.1Yet to reach (a particular age)
        ‘I'm this side of forty-five’
        • ‘I am not the first person this side of thirty to work here, nor do I expect to be the last.’
        • ‘An obscure Sri Lankan had shoved aside three of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, the wonder carried in the voice of an Indian just this side of 70.’
        • ‘It was nice to see that all the former students have aged well and while now everyone has a good idea of our ages, we are all pleased that at least we are still on this side of the half-century mark.’
        • ‘Let's face it, she must be one of the most glamorous women supposed to be this side of forty on the planet.’
        • ‘The journey of our life is hopefully towards perfection, and we don't reach it this side of death of course, but the quest is there.’
    • 2Used to convey that something is comparable with a paragon or model of its kind.

      ‘the finest coffee this side of Brazil’
      • ‘The leaflet shows photos of a palace the size of Corsica, immaculate formal gardens and a belle époque tearoom with one of the most beautiful sea views this side of the Seychelles.’
      • ‘The days were warm and comfortable, he thought absently, but the nights were just this side of bitterly cold.’
      • ‘Just a couple of years ago, the vegetable patches yielded some of the sweetest spinach this side of the Yangtze River.’
      • ‘It was Mathias' voice, deep and undulating, a hair's breadth this side of under control.’
      • ‘I remember one time I stole a kiss in the back orchard - they've got the largest plot of land this side of anywhere.’
      • ‘Of course, there's tourist buses galore, and some of the biggest camera lenses this side of sporting events and paparazzi.’
      • ‘The sell-out success of last year's event saw some of the most fashionable hats this side of Royal Ascot.’
      • ‘This place has the best coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries this side of the Rocky Mountains.’
      • ‘It serves the other best coffee I have ever had this side of the Mediterranean.’
      • ‘You won't find a better dance ensemble this side of that imaginary line that separates the US from the wild and beautiful lands to its south.’
  • (on) this side of the grave

    • In life.

      ‘they never expected to meet again this side of the grave’
      • ‘This tiny building is the representation of another more heavenly one, never to be realized this side of the grave.’
      • ‘It's as close as any of us will come this side of the grave to knowing how the apostles prayed.’
      • ‘If we expect to find any literally perfect happiness on this side of the grave, we expect what we shall not find.’
      • ‘History says don't hope on this side of the grave.’
      • ‘He recalls Fleur's mother and the trauma she endured to keep her sickly daughter on this side of the grave.’
      • ‘You didn't ask for that, but there's no avoiding it this side of the grave.’
      • ‘Cynics advise us not to hope this side of the grave, and yet history teaches that hope denied does not dissipate, it simply goes underground.’
      • ‘It occurred to me that on this side of the grave the cross is the most obvious fact: human beings suffer and die.’
      • ‘It is not claimed that liberation puts an end to physical pain this side of the grave, for painfulness is admitted to be the nature of the body.’
      • ‘During the nineteenth century, sufferers on this side of the grave were treated with animal blood, which they were expected to imbibe.’


Old English sīde ‘left or right part of the body’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zijde and German Seite, probably from a base meaning extending lengthways.