Definition of side issue in US English:

side issue


  • A point or topic connected to or raised by some other issue, but not as important, especially one that distracts attention from the more important issue.

    • ‘But that is a side issue to the questions I was trying to raise and get feedback on.’
    • ‘Unless the group can find a way back quickly, most analysts now see its days as an independent pharmaceutical group as numbered and whether he gets his generous bonus or not is a side issue.’
    • ‘Although I will not discuss my personal beliefs on that point, I think it is important to note that any issue other than this, raised by either side, is a side issue with no real bearing on the subject.’
    • ‘However, we cannot continue to treat low farm incomes as simply a side issue in the development of industry policy.’
    • ‘The statistical wrangle over the effectiveness of helmets is actually a side issue; what we need people in authority to understand is that cycle helmets inevitably damage public health.’
    • ‘This will be a side issue at this week's talks, however.’
    • ‘At least with the expectations gap we seem to have come around - almost entirely - to embrace what the public expected all along: placing fraud considerations at the heart of the audit, rather than just as a side issue.’
    • ‘The captaincy is very much a side issue at this stage.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the whole of this ideal, though an essential part of Catholic idealism when it is understood, is in some ways entirely a side issue.’
    • ‘One side issue will not be able to distract the challenger.’
    • ‘But that really is a side issue in this campaign, if we're talking substance.’
    • ‘As a side issue, would the claimants be entitled to attend the court, and would that then entitle them to some kind of residency status?’
    • ‘Otherwise, however, he skimps on coverage of this important issue, giving it less than two pages, and boxing it as a side issue.’
    • ‘He is a high-profile public figure, but that was a side issue in the investigation.’
    • ‘It's a side issue, but it could shine a light on how stockbrokers go about their business.’
    • ‘Yet money is a side issue for Barnes: neither he nor his fellow coaches get paid.’
    • ‘A side issue here concerns the connection between these distinctions and moral realism.’
    • ‘‘Recalling of parliament is a side issue,’ he declared.’
    • ‘Supporters under the illusion that a new stadium is a side issue for the club should have had their thoughts brought into focus by the crisis of the unpaid tax bill.’
    • ‘But his buffoonery was a side issue to his brutality and murderous tastes.’


side issue

/ˈsīd ˌiSH(y)o͞o//ˈsaɪd ˌɪʃ(j)u/