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.’
    • ‘Adrian walked closer to Damien and stood side by side next to him.’
    • ‘Sara clasped her hands around his and leaned in closer so that they were walking side by side, both smiling and blushing.’
    • ‘Soon, the boys were at the park, walking side by side in silence.’
    • ‘After a short walk through the trees, they arrived at two tan jeeps parked side by side in a small dirt clearing.’
    • ‘The canyon was too narrow for the horses to turn around, or even stand side by side.’
    • ‘As we walked side by side through the park Jacob reached out and clasped my hand in his.’
    • ‘The vehicles park side by side, the brides are hastily exchanged, and the cars head home to the waiting grooms.’
    • ‘We walked side by side until we got to the park, not saying a word to each other.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘For these words, I may just give two definitions side by side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then we'll edit each other's copy and make the changes side by side at the computer.’
      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’
      • ‘The licensing laws were not too strict in those days and both sides did business side by side.’
      • ‘I think there is plenty of room for them to work side by side, helping each other.’
      • ‘It's a cooperative effort, and the Portuguese and Americans work side by side to carry out the mission.’
      • ‘It is good to celebrate living and working side by side in the spirit of multi-cultural harmony.’
      • ‘The police around the country, man and woman, side by side, support the bill.’
      • ‘Heron and Dawson fought side by side, protecting each other and protecting Neela.’
      • ‘So he taught us how to value each other, how to be side by side with each other.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Instead of opposing each other, men and woman now work side by side.’