One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tending toward being —; rather — (used to qualify an adjective)‘these shoes are a bit on the tight side’
- ‘The slices of duck were too small and a little on the tough side, and the pear chutney was bland.’
- ‘It was just a touch on the rude side but it made me laugh until my toes curled.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Only a handful of cod were caught and those landed were a little on the small side.’
- ‘The meat was tender, but just a little too much on the fatty side to enjoy as a cold dish.’
- ‘All three are on the light side, but they make the most of their resources and more.’
- ‘In fact the whole place was a bit on the quiet side, but maybe I arrived a bit early in the day.’
- ‘Now they just give him three months every three months, just to be on the safe side.’
- ‘There was a tiny amount of a temperature, and his usually cold and damp nose was a tad on the dry side.’
- ‘If there was a downside, you could argue that the bill was a little on the hefty side.’
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