One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘My father took me to one side and told me I had to save the family honour.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He quickly took Tania to one side and spoke to her.’
- ‘When you were in a bad mood he would take you to one side and help make a joke out of it.’
- ‘They took me to one side, sat me down and said it was cancer, but it was treatable.’
- ‘As midnight struck, Eddie took Tracey to one side and slipped the ring they had chosen together on to her finger.’
- ‘However members of staff did take her to one side and request she get rid of the red streaks.’
- ‘He respects my age and quite often takes me to one side and speaks to me about players.’
- ‘It was as though he had been taken to one side and told to keep his mouth shut.’
- ‘Before they embarrass themselves further, take them to one side and explain.’
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