Definition of sideline in English:



  • 1An activity done in addition to one's main job, especially to earn extra income.

    as modifier ‘a sideline career as a stand-up comic’
    • ‘He is a meteorologist in Florida with a sideline in helping lightning-strike victims.’
    • ‘For three decades his sideline as a UFO writer/publisher generated extra income and self-satisfaction.’
    • ‘The majority of these tenants had a sideline farming activity going for income tax purposes.’
    • ‘It was in 1835 that he published his first collection of three children's stories, a venture he considered a sideline but which would actually make his name.’
    • ‘It used to be a popular sideline for miners working shifts, but the collapse of the coal industry has been accompanied by a huge shortfall in retained firefighters.’
    • ‘While pursuing his rock career, he had a sideline directing horror-inspired rock videos.’
    • ‘Adam, who studied engineering product design at South Bank University, does acting work as a sideline to earn money.’
    • ‘But Coates - also professor of architecture at the Royal College of Art - has long had a sideline in unconventional furniture design.’
    • ‘After serving in the Royal Navy in India, he went into business in Cambridge, with psychical research as his main sideline.’
    • ‘In the meantime, her income is buttressed by a lucrative sideline as the official face of L' Oréal.’
    • ‘James installed a darkroom in his Silverstream home and took up professional photography as a sideline to his architecture.’
    • ‘Keggs - suspected in the servants' hall of being a socialist at heart - has a profitable sideline in showing visitors round Belpher Castle.’
    • ‘But music was little more than a sideline, and he earned his living in government service.’
    • ‘Johannes trades in buffaloes as a sideline to his regular employment as a veterinary officer.’
    • ‘We all had little writing sidelines for extra cash and Rick's was American sports.’
    • ‘A long career in the music industry beckoned, with a secret sideline in writing songs (and that law-degree safety net).’
    • ‘At the time Moran had a lucrative sideline buying and selling houses in London.’
    • ‘He and his first wife lived in Roundway Park and he had a sideline in collecting fallen timber at Leipzig Plantation on Roundway Down and selling it for firewood.’
    • ‘John, who like many rural undertakers had a sideline in the building trade, was born and bred in Bourton.’
    • ‘My chauffeur from Edinburgh airport had even started a sideline in temporary accommodation for visiting golfers.’
    secondary occupation, second job, side job, subsidiary
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    1. 1.1 An auxiliary line of goods or trade.
      ‘electronic handbooks are a lucrative sideline for the firm’
      • ‘Early Mercedes were very solid, but there was very little buyer interest In the Midwest where we were pushing them as a sideline to Studebaker.’
      • ‘If you have already integrated a vegetarian sideline in your food service operation, you are already a step ahead.’
      • ‘Beekeeping is a lucrative sideline for chestnut growers, as is selling the bolitus edulis growing under trees.’
      • ‘That's the concept behind Offshore, a tidy little coffee palace with a neat sideline in furniture sales.’
      • ‘But the new owners were Fang Brothers, a Hong Kong-based textiles conglomerate with a sideline in sweater-making.’
      • ‘For generations, retail firearm dealers have found hunting clothes and other outdoor garb to he a profitable sideline.’
      • ‘A former deep sea diver and merchant banker, he used to run a computer company with a sideline in adult games.’
      • ‘Although it started as a sideline to their farm, it's now taken over as their primary business.’
      • ‘That estimate doesn't include any contribution from Allete's sideline in sales of the 20,000 Florida acres it owns.’
      • ‘Even more exciting is the band's new sideline in designing female undergarments embossed with the band's logo.’
      • ‘Bolton-by-Bowland Post Office opened a tearoom as a sideline to subsidise the existing operation.’
      • ‘He sells the devices as a sideline to his Electron Electrical Engineering Services reselling business.’
      • ‘The sideline to Diageo's main activities brought some R22m a year to the group's consolidated operating profit.’
      • ‘The transfer of surveillance technology from first to third world is now a lucrative sideline for the arms industry.’
      • ‘Across Europe, gigantic music stores stuffed to the gunwales with American pop, rock and urban do a sideline in hipster books.’
      • ‘CACI is a fast-growing billion dollar information technology firm with an intriguing sideline in intelligence.’
      • ‘As a sideline to their regular account work, McCall and his team kicked around the idea of creating an educational album leveraging music to help kids learn.’
  • 2Either of the two lines bounding the longer sides of a football field, basketball court, or similar.

    ‘Gascoigne celebrated his goal by sprinting to the sidelines’
    • ‘Woodson was second on the scene and had a chance to two-hand-shove Crayton, who was tiptoeing along the sideline, out of bounds.’
    • ‘If you're playing people who don't know the doubles technique, when they hit it up smash it down the sidelines (wide court makes it hard to return) or straight down the middle.’
    • ‘Early in the fourth quarter, Holt ran a streak pattern down the left sideline.’
    • ‘Charlie Garner caught a long pass near the sideline and was slammed out of bounds by Jerome Woods.’
    • ‘It seems his best plays come when he's running for his life and sprinting toward a sideline.’
    • ‘As they cut across the softball field he saw the maintenance crew setting up the bleachers along what would be the sidelines for the football field used by the semi-pro team that played there each fall.’
    • ‘Every ball they hit into attack was landing in that 30-metre zone around goal, while anything Fermanagh sent into their forwards was too close to the sidelines and left their players with an awful lot to do to score.’
    • ‘Usually, Bird stands on the sideline only when timeouts are called, and even then, it seems like it's against his will.’
    • ‘He knows how to play in the middle of the field and work the sidelines.’
    • ‘He raced down to the left sideline before crossing into the path of Luther Watson.’
    • ‘It's not a daily occurrence that a football flies to the sidelines to hit innocent victims!’
    • ‘The camera pans from the court to the sidelines where cheerleaders (including Abby) are cheering through all the noise from the supporters.’
    • ‘You basically start out at half court, groups of two, and play one on one from the sideline to an imaginary line that divides the court.’
    • ‘Feagles, who has wowed the team with his ability to launch high, long punts near either sideline or the goal line, might make the biggest difference.’
    • ‘The Giants on the sideline raced onto the field to celebrate with the kickoff team, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the emotional lift seemed worth it.’
    • ‘Folkestone boss Neil Cugley ran on to the pitch to support his players, who surrounded the referee, while a small number of Folkestone fans ran to the sidelines and shouted abuse at the official.’
    • ‘Jon Barry rises off the bench and maneuvers his way up the sideline toward the scorer's table.’
    • ‘If he crossed the goal line near the sideline, a runner might try to fight his way toward the middle before touching down so as to get a better angle.’
    • ‘One problem, however, is that since it is street football, the sidelines aren't marked off very well and you have quite a few instances of accidentally running out of bounds.’
    • ‘You ended up being forced out of bounds on most of the plays that went toward the sidelines.’
    1. 2.1the sidelines The area immediately outside such lines as a place for non-players, substitutes, or spectators.
      ‘a referee collapsed during a match as his son watched from the sidelines’
      • ‘Quarter paced the sidelines while gulping down water out of his Gatorade water bottle and squeezing some of it over his head.’
      • ‘A former useful hurdler before being forced on to the sidelines with injury, The Butterwick Kid got off the mark over fences at Wetherby a fortnight ago.’
      • ‘Andrew Kwiatkowski, a former Clansman before transferring to the University of Western Ontario, was to be a member of the squad before a wrist injury forced him to the sidelines.’
      • ‘It's not nice watching from the sidelines, and with the game against Telford being postponed I've not played for over two weeks.’
      • ‘These actions almost cost their team 15 yards in penalties and the police were called to the sidelines to ensure no further childish antics would occur.’
      • ‘The national trainer Plamen Markov also could not rely on one of the leaders of the team, Marian Hristov of the German Keiserslautern, who also due to injury had to stick to the sidelines.’
      • ‘Some of the matches were really close and parents, friends and teachers cheered on their teams from the sidelines.’
      • ‘The 25-year-old watched from the sidelines during his team's 1-0 victory, blaming the accident for his absence.’
      • ‘You'll even find animated coaches and cheerleaders roaming the sidelines.’
      • ‘Instead of observing from the sidelines, he preferred to jump into the game and look for the truth from the midst of the action.’
      • ‘The team walked onto the sidelines and we sat down on the benches that were there.’
      • ‘There were several people who stopped to watch them along the sidelines and the half court line.’
      • ‘Porto advanced with a 1-1 draw in the return encounter at Old Trafford, and Mourinho jumped in joy more than once as he ran down the sidelines to celebrate with his players.’
      • ‘I'm not the best of watchers and tend to coach too much from the sidelines because I'd far rather be helping out on the pitch.’
      • ‘Acclaim's attention to detail has even extended to the sidelines, where team mascots jump about and try to get the animated crowd excited.’
      • ‘Today, Holmgren is back to what he does best - patrolling the sidelines, creating strategies and inspiring players.’
      • ‘Particularly where the movements are fast and fluid, a coach observing proceedings from the sidelines is in a better position than the captain to analyse the immediate match position and to decide on the tactics to be employed.’
      • ‘The worst part about being injured has been watching the games from the sidelines.’
      • ‘With lots of cheering and support from the sidelines the game continued under a brilliant blue sky with a slight breeze coming from the Finke River end.’
      • ‘I used to skate when I was a kid, but I still have a love for the sport even if it comes from the sidelines as a spectator.’
    2. 2.2the sidelines A position where one is observing a situation rather than directly involved in it.
      ‘we are not just watching from the sidelines, we are rolling our sleeves up and getting involved’
      • ‘If you are a parent and you are sitting on the sidelines, you are not to give them any instructions from the sidelines and at no time are you allowed to go on the mat to help instruct your child.’
      • ‘SFU student Karen Parusel is making the journey to Québec City in order to actively participate in the event rather than observe it from the sidelines.’
      • ‘Now retired myself and observing from the sidelines, I wonder who the community thinks organises this event.’
      • ‘It was a proud moment for the whole team of the Fly Inn and especially for the Boss Glen, who had been quietly observing from the sidelines throughout the evening.’
      • ‘Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, watched from the sidelines as the House of Commons debated the future of faith schools.’
      • ‘The first of the supermarkets to go online, with the rest stuttering at the sidelines, Tesco has taken a gamble which seems to be paying off.’
      • ‘The braver elements lit flares and fireworks and held them up above their heads, waving them over the crowd so that the air was filled with white smoke, and all the while the only two police officers we saw just looked on from the sidelines.’
      • ‘She and Chuck slipped right in while other media were forced to observe from the sidelines.’
      • ‘They prefer to carp from the sidelines rather than take the tough decisions which their numerical superiority over the other group entitles them to take.’
      • ‘The APEC leaders are also expected to hold a number of bilateral talks on the sidelines of the summit.’
      • ‘What astonishes those observing from the sidelines is that most of the wider community of around 1,700 people perceive Mackintosh to be a benevolent landlord who has spent his own money on improving their lot.’
      • ‘Instead, they hold talks on the sidelines of multilateral meetings.’
      • ‘We could really do without the sniping from the sidelines and continual undermining of our efforts.’
      • ‘No longer content to quietly observe from the sidelines, it's high time the association made its foray into the political sphere.’
      • ‘It may be unwise to comment trenchantly from the sidelines about a situation O'Neill is observing daily in training.’
      • ‘I suggest that she goes out and speaks to some of the 750 local residents who signed the petition or wrote letters to the council, rather than moaning from the sidelines.’
      • ‘For years, I have watched bemused from the sidelines at weddings, wondering how it is that everyone else in the world seems to know how to perform those allegedly traditional Scottish dances as I remain resolutely clueless.’
      • ‘And though the Lysons knew exactly what was happening as they observed from the sidelines, they said nothing.’
      • ‘More of us are financially comfortable and have the luxury of sniping at politics from the sidelines rather than actively engaging in it (and yes, I include myself in this).’
      • ‘It amuses me when I hear people say they went into journalism because they are introverts who would rather watch from the sidelines.’
      without taking part, without getting involved
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  • 1Cause (a player) to be unable to play in a team or game.

    ‘an ankle injury has sidelined him for two weeks’
    • ‘The condition is one that often lingers for weeks and could sideline a player for a month or more should the tendon snap.’
    • ‘Taylor played well as a rookie until a shoulder injury sidelined him at midseason.’
    • ‘The women's team began the year with several of its top gymnasts sidelined with injury.’
    • ‘In his second year he fractured two ribs in the third preseason game, sidelining him for a number of games.’
    • ‘Graham's injury is a cruel blow to himself and his team and he's expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.’
    • ‘Now with more than half a team sidelined by work and injury, he has been forced to turn to the youth team - and has not ruled himself out of a return.’
    • ‘When injuries sidelined the big gunners, he played a key role in keeping the team winning.’
    • ‘It was a pity that the game got a bit out of hand in the last quarter and that three players were sidelined.’
    • ‘The other three runners-up all had at least one star player sidelined for more than half the season.’
    • ‘This sort of problem would sideline a current player for at least a month, but Butch played through the pain.’
    • ‘Young centre back Michael Naylor is the only player likely to be sidelined through injury after missing the midweek victory.’
    • ‘Five starters and nine players overall have been sidelined for stretches of a week or more.’
    • ‘His impact would have been greater had a high ankle sprain not sidelined him four of the last six games.’
    • ‘Gavin has been sidelined with a foot injury picked up in the opening pre-season friendly.’
    • ‘The former Salford player has been sidelined with a chest injury but has been passed fit to face the Cup holders.’
    • ‘He was sidelined after just three games last year because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.’
    • ‘During the stretch run last season, he was sidelined for three crucial games by the flu and a lack of energy.’
    • ‘He is expected to pick up where he left off when sidelined with an ankle injury.’
    • ‘An operation like this typically sidelines a player anywhere from 4-6 weeks.’
    • ‘Green, currently sidelined by an ankle injury, has the potential to become a major force.’
    1. 1.1 Remove from the centre of activity or attention; place in a less influential position.
      ‘backbench MPs have been sidelined and excluded from decision-making’
      • ‘They have become effectively sidelined in the pensions debate.’
      • ‘Sources for both companies say Bell was instrumental in getting the deal done, sidelining the lawyers who had failed to agree on a valuation for the joint venture and putting his finance guys out front.’
      • ‘One of the objectives of these meetings was to reshape the top leadership at the Pentagon, sidelining or removing those who were regarded as moderates.’
      • ‘Officials endorsed the decision, but were obviously furious about being effectively sidelined.’
      • ‘However, Jones denied the new structure was aimed at sidelining Bertrand, saying he was being moved into the position to concentrate on the company's refinery upgrade programme.’