Definition of side by side in US English:

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 canyon was too narrow for the horses to turn around, or even stand side by side.’
    • ‘We walked side by side until we got to the park, not saying a word to each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soon, the boys were at the park, walking side by side in silence.’
    • ‘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.’
    alongside, alongside each other, beside each other, abreast, level, shoulder to shoulder, cheek by jowl, together, close together
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    1. 1.1 Together.
      ‘we have been using both systems, side by side, for two years’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For these words, I may just give two definitions side by side.’
      at the same time, at one and the same time, at the same instant, at the same moment, simultaneously, contemporaneously
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    2. 1.2 (of people or groups) supporting each other; in cooperation.
      ‘the two institutions worked side by side in complete harmony’
      • ‘So he taught us how to value each other, how to be side by side with each other.’
      • ‘Heron and Dawson fought side by side, protecting each other and protecting Neela.’
      • ‘Instead of opposing each other, men and woman now work side by side.’
      • ‘It is good to celebrate living and working side by side in the spirit of multi-cultural harmony.’
      • ‘I think there is plenty of room for them to work side by side, helping each other.’
      • ‘The licensing laws were not too strict in those days and both sides did business side by side.’
      • ‘Where else do people of such varying ethnic origins, ages and walks of life work side by side in such (on the whole) perfect harmony?’
      • ‘The police around the country, man and woman, side by side, support the bill.’
      • ‘It's a cooperative effort, and the Portuguese and Americans work side by side to carry out the mission.’