One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The area immediately beside the goal on a sports pitch or court.
Chiefly Association Football. At or by the side of a goal on a sports pitch or court.
Of, relating to, or happening by the side of a goal on a sports pitch or court; adjacent or positioned next to the goal.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Boy's Own Volume. From goal + side.
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