Definition of sideline in English:



  • 1An activity done in addition to one's main job, especially to earn extra income.

    as modifier ‘a sideline career as a stand-up comic’
    • ‘It was in 1835 that he published his first collection of three children's stories, a venture he considered a sideline but which would actually make his name.’
    • ‘The majority of these tenants had a sideline farming activity going for income tax purposes.’
    • ‘My chauffeur from Edinburgh airport had even started a sideline in temporary accommodation for visiting golfers.’
    • ‘In the meantime, her income is buttressed by a lucrative sideline as the official face of L' Oréal.’
    • ‘James installed a darkroom in his Silverstream home and took up professional photography as a sideline to his architecture.’
    • ‘We all had little writing sidelines for extra cash and Rick's was American sports.’
    • ‘It used to be a popular sideline for miners working shifts, but the collapse of the coal industry has been accompanied by a huge shortfall in retained firefighters.’
    • ‘After serving in the Royal Navy in India, he went into business in Cambridge, with psychical research as his main sideline.’
    • ‘A long career in the music industry beckoned, with a secret sideline in writing songs (and that law-degree safety net).’
    • ‘Keggs - suspected in the servants' hall of being a socialist at heart - has a profitable sideline in showing visitors round Belpher Castle.’
    • ‘John, who like many rural undertakers had a sideline in the building trade, was born and bred in Bourton.’
    • ‘But music was little more than a sideline, and he earned his living in government service.’
    • ‘For three decades his sideline as a UFO writer/publisher generated extra income and self-satisfaction.’
    • ‘Adam, who studied engineering product design at South Bank University, does acting work as a sideline to earn money.’
    • ‘Johannes trades in buffaloes as a sideline to his regular employment as a veterinary officer.’
    • ‘But Coates - also professor of architecture at the Royal College of Art - has long had a sideline in unconventional furniture design.’
    • ‘He is a meteorologist in Florida with a sideline in helping lightning-strike victims.’
    • ‘He and his first wife lived in Roundway Park and he had a sideline in collecting fallen timber at Leipzig Plantation on Roundway Down and selling it for firewood.’
    • ‘While pursuing his rock career, he had a sideline directing horror-inspired rock videos.’
    • ‘At the time Moran had a lucrative sideline buying and selling houses in London.’
    secondary occupation, second job, side job, subsidiary
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    1. 1.1 An auxiliary line of goods or business.
      ‘electronic handbooks are a lucrative sideline for the firm’
      • ‘The sideline to Diageo's main activities brought some R22m a year to the group's consolidated operating profit.’
      • ‘That's the concept behind Offshore, a tidy little coffee palace with a neat sideline in furniture sales.’
      • ‘That estimate doesn't include any contribution from Allete's sideline in sales of the 20,000 Florida acres it owns.’
      • ‘Although it started as a sideline to their farm, it's now taken over as their primary business.’
      • ‘For generations, retail firearm dealers have found hunting clothes and other outdoor garb to he a profitable sideline.’
      • ‘CACI is a fast-growing billion dollar information technology firm with an intriguing sideline in intelligence.’
      • ‘A former deep sea diver and merchant banker, he used to run a computer company with a sideline in adult games.’
      • ‘Bolton-by-Bowland Post Office opened a tearoom as a sideline to subsidise the existing operation.’
      • ‘Early Mercedes were very solid, but there was very little buyer interest In the Midwest where we were pushing them as a sideline to Studebaker.’
      • ‘But the new owners were Fang Brothers, a Hong Kong-based textiles conglomerate with a sideline in sweater-making.’
      • ‘He sells the devices as a sideline to his Electron Electrical Engineering Services reselling business.’
      • ‘Across Europe, gigantic music stores stuffed to the gunwales with American pop, rock and urban do a sideline in hipster books.’
      • ‘The transfer of surveillance technology from first to third world is now a lucrative sideline for the arms industry.’
      • ‘As a sideline to their regular account work, McCall and his team kicked around the idea of creating an educational album leveraging music to help kids learn.’
      • ‘Beekeeping is a lucrative sideline for chestnut growers, as is selling the bolitus edulis growing under trees.’
      • ‘If you have already integrated a vegetarian sideline in your food service operation, you are already a step ahead.’
      • ‘Even more exciting is the band's new sideline in designing female undergarments embossed with the band's logo.’
  • 2usually sidelinesEither of the two lines bounding the longer sides of a football field, basketball court, tennis court, or similar playing area.

    • ‘Usually, Bird stands on the sideline only when timeouts are called, and even then, it seems like it's against his will.’
    • ‘It's not a daily occurrence that a football flies to the sidelines to hit innocent victims!’
    • ‘As they cut across the softball field he saw the maintenance crew setting up the bleachers along what would be the sidelines for the football field used by the semi-pro team that played there each fall.’
    • ‘Feagles, who has wowed the team with his ability to launch high, long punts near either sideline or the goal line, might make the biggest difference.’
    • ‘One problem, however, is that since it is street football, the sidelines aren't marked off very well and you have quite a few instances of accidentally running out of bounds.’
    • ‘Jon Barry rises off the bench and maneuvers his way up the sideline toward the scorer's table.’
    • ‘If you're playing people who don't know the doubles technique, when they hit it up smash it down the sidelines (wide court makes it hard to return) or straight down the middle.’
    • ‘Woodson was second on the scene and had a chance to two-hand-shove Crayton, who was tiptoeing along the sideline, out of bounds.’
    • ‘Folkestone boss Neil Cugley ran on to the pitch to support his players, who surrounded the referee, while a small number of Folkestone fans ran to the sidelines and shouted abuse at the official.’
    • ‘You ended up being forced out of bounds on most of the plays that went toward the sidelines.’
    • ‘The Giants on the sideline raced onto the field to celebrate with the kickoff team, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the emotional lift seemed worth it.’
    • ‘Every ball they hit into attack was landing in that 30-metre zone around goal, while anything Fermanagh sent into their forwards was too close to the sidelines and left their players with an awful lot to do to score.’
    • ‘It seems his best plays come when he's running for his life and sprinting toward a sideline.’
    • ‘He knows how to play in the middle of the field and work the sidelines.’
    • ‘You basically start out at half court, groups of two, and play one on one from the sideline to an imaginary line that divides the court.’
    • ‘If he crossed the goal line near the sideline, a runner might try to fight his way toward the middle before touching down so as to get a better angle.’
    • ‘The camera pans from the court to the sidelines where cheerleaders (including Abby) are cheering through all the noise from the supporters.’
    • ‘Charlie Garner caught a long pass near the sideline and was slammed out of bounds by Jerome Woods.’
    • ‘Early in the fourth quarter, Holt ran a streak pattern down the left sideline.’
    • ‘He raced down to the left sideline before crossing into the path of Luther Watson.’
    1. 2.1 The area immediately outside either sideline as a place for nonplayers, substitutes, or spectators.
      ‘his son watched from the sidelines’
      See also "on the sidelines" below
      • ‘Today, Holmgren is back to what he does best - patrolling the sidelines, creating strategies and inspiring players.’
      • ‘Particularly where the movements are fast and fluid, a coach observing proceedings from the sidelines is in a better position than the captain to analyse the immediate match position and to decide on the tactics to be employed.’
      • ‘With lots of cheering and support from the sidelines the game continued under a brilliant blue sky with a slight breeze coming from the Finke River end.’
      • ‘I used to skate when I was a kid, but I still have a love for the sport even if it comes from the sidelines as a spectator.’
      • ‘Porto advanced with a 1-1 draw in the return encounter at Old Trafford, and Mourinho jumped in joy more than once as he ran down the sidelines to celebrate with his players.’
      • ‘Andrew Kwiatkowski, a former Clansman before transferring to the University of Western Ontario, was to be a member of the squad before a wrist injury forced him to the sidelines.’
      • ‘Quarter paced the sidelines while gulping down water out of his Gatorade water bottle and squeezing some of it over his head.’
      • ‘I'm not the best of watchers and tend to coach too much from the sidelines because I'd far rather be helping out on the pitch.’
      • ‘The worst part about being injured has been watching the games from the sidelines.’
      • ‘Instead of observing from the sidelines, he preferred to jump into the game and look for the truth from the midst of the action.’
      • ‘These actions almost cost their team 15 yards in penalties and the police were called to the sidelines to ensure no further childish antics would occur.’
      • ‘The national trainer Plamen Markov also could not rely on one of the leaders of the team, Marian Hristov of the German Keiserslautern, who also due to injury had to stick to the sidelines.’
      • ‘A former useful hurdler before being forced on to the sidelines with injury, The Butterwick Kid got off the mark over fences at Wetherby a fortnight ago.’
      • ‘There were several people who stopped to watch them along the sidelines and the half court line.’
      • ‘Some of the matches were really close and parents, friends and teachers cheered on their teams from the sidelines.’
      • ‘It's not nice watching from the sidelines, and with the game against Telford being postponed I've not played for over two weeks.’
      • ‘Acclaim's attention to detail has even extended to the sidelines, where team mascots jump about and try to get the animated crowd excited.’
      • ‘You'll even find animated coaches and cheerleaders roaming the sidelines.’
      • ‘The 25-year-old watched from the sidelines during his team's 1-0 victory, blaming the accident for his absence.’
      • ‘The team walked onto the sidelines and we sat down on the benches that were there.’


  • 1Cause (a player) to be unable to play in a team or game.

    ‘he has been sidelined for the last six weeks with a fractured wrist’
    • ‘Taylor played well as a rookie until a shoulder injury sidelined him at midseason.’
    • ‘Graham's injury is a cruel blow to himself and his team and he's expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.’
    • ‘Five starters and nine players overall have been sidelined for stretches of a week or more.’
    • ‘Now with more than half a team sidelined by work and injury, he has been forced to turn to the youth team - and has not ruled himself out of a return.’
    • ‘In his second year he fractured two ribs in the third preseason game, sidelining him for a number of games.’
    • ‘Green, currently sidelined by an ankle injury, has the potential to become a major force.’
    • ‘Gavin has been sidelined with a foot injury picked up in the opening pre-season friendly.’
    • ‘The former Salford player has been sidelined with a chest injury but has been passed fit to face the Cup holders.’
    • ‘An operation like this typically sidelines a player anywhere from 4-6 weeks.’
    • ‘The women's team began the year with several of its top gymnasts sidelined with injury.’
    • ‘The condition is one that often lingers for weeks and could sideline a player for a month or more should the tendon snap.’
    • ‘His impact would have been greater had a high ankle sprain not sidelined him four of the last six games.’
    • ‘He is expected to pick up where he left off when sidelined with an ankle injury.’
    • ‘This sort of problem would sideline a current player for at least a month, but Butch played through the pain.’
    • ‘Young centre back Michael Naylor is the only player likely to be sidelined through injury after missing the midweek victory.’
    • ‘During the stretch run last season, he was sidelined for three crucial games by the flu and a lack of energy.’
    • ‘It was a pity that the game got a bit out of hand in the last quarter and that three players were sidelined.’
    • ‘The other three runners-up all had at least one star player sidelined for more than half the season.’
    • ‘He was sidelined after just three games last year because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.’
    • ‘When injuries sidelined the big gunners, he played a key role in keeping the team winning.’
    1. 1.1 Remove from the center of activity or attention; place in a less influential position.
      ‘a respected lawyer will be sidelined by alcohol abuse’
      • ‘Officials endorsed the decision, but were obviously furious about being effectively sidelined.’
      • ‘However, Jones denied the new structure was aimed at sidelining Bertrand, saying he was being moved into the position to concentrate on the company's refinery upgrade programme.’
      • ‘One of the objectives of these meetings was to reshape the top leadership at the Pentagon, sidelining or removing those who were regarded as moderates.’
      • ‘They have become effectively sidelined in the pensions debate.’
      • ‘Sources for both companies say Bell was instrumental in getting the deal done, sidelining the lawyers who had failed to agree on a valuation for the joint venture and putting his finance guys out front.’


  • on (or from) the sidelines

    • In (or from) a position where one is observing a situation but is unable or unwilling to be directly involved in it.

      • ‘Behaviour such as this on the sidelines by parents and other family members should not be tolerated.’
      • ‘Surgery is expected to go ahead in four weeks' time, leaving Brass on the sidelines at least until the end of the season.’
      • ‘Doubtless, officials wanted to stay on the sidelines in the hope that a compromise might be found.’
      • ‘They were here to dance, not to gawp on the sidelines like tourists.’
      • ‘There is no reason why other sports should remain on the sidelines for the next 25 years.’
      • ‘Burnley winger Alan Moore faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery later today.’
      • ‘Koizumi has met with Chinese leaders only on the sidelines of multilateral conferences.’
      • ‘A week on the sidelines can do nothing but benefit him and I expect him to come back firing on all cylinders again at Preston.’
      • ‘So I am grateful for this seat on the sidelines as the choir sings and the march unfolds.’
      • ‘He was then expected to add to his fan base by winning at Naas last month before a chipped bone put him on the sidelines.’