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’
    • ‘A long career in the music industry beckoned, with a secret sideline in writing songs (and that law-degree safety net).’
    • ‘My chauffeur from Edinburgh airport had even started a sideline in temporary accommodation for visiting golfers.’
    • ‘Keggs - suspected in the servants' hall of being a socialist at heart - has a profitable sideline in showing visitors round Belpher Castle.’
    • ‘For three decades his sideline as a UFO writer/publisher generated extra income and self-satisfaction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The majority of these tenants had a sideline farming activity going for income tax purposes.’
    • ‘In the meantime, her income is buttressed by a lucrative sideline as the official face of L' Oréal.’
    • ‘After serving in the Royal Navy in India, he went into business in Cambridge, with psychical research as his main sideline.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘James installed a darkroom in his Silverstream home and took up professional photography as a sideline to his architecture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the time Moran had a lucrative sideline buying and selling houses in London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While pursuing his rock career, he had a sideline directing horror-inspired rock videos.’
    • ‘Johannes trades in buffaloes as a sideline to his regular employment as a veterinary officer.’
    • ‘We all had little writing sidelines for extra cash and Rick's was American sports.’
    • ‘But Coates - also professor of architecture at the Royal College of Art - has long had a sideline in unconventional furniture design.’
    • ‘Adam, who studied engineering product design at South Bank University, does acting work as a sideline to earn money.’
    secondary occupation, second job, side job, subsidiary
    hobby, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, recreation, diversion, distraction
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    1. 1.1 An auxiliary line of goods or business.
      ‘electronic handbooks are a lucrative sideline for the firm’
      • ‘Bolton-by-Bowland Post Office opened a tearoom as a sideline to subsidise the existing operation.’
      • ‘Even more exciting is the band's new sideline in designing female undergarments embossed with the band's logo.’
      • ‘But the new owners were Fang Brothers, a Hong Kong-based textiles conglomerate with a sideline in sweater-making.’
      • ‘That's the concept behind Offshore, a tidy little coffee palace with a neat sideline in furniture sales.’
      • ‘He sells the devices as a sideline to his Electron Electrical Engineering Services reselling business.’
      • ‘The transfer of surveillance technology from first to third world is now a lucrative sideline for the arms industry.’
      • ‘CACI is a fast-growing billion dollar information technology firm with an intriguing sideline in intelligence.’
      • ‘That estimate doesn't include any contribution from Allete's sideline in sales of the 20,000 Florida acres it owns.’
      • ‘Across Europe, gigantic music stores stuffed to the gunwales with American pop, rock and urban do a sideline in hipster books.’
      • ‘Beekeeping is a lucrative sideline for chestnut growers, as is selling the bolitus edulis growing under trees.’
      • ‘Although it started as a sideline to their farm, it's now taken over as their primary business.’
      • ‘The sideline to Diageo's main activities brought some R22m a year to the group's consolidated operating profit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For generations, retail firearm dealers have found hunting clothes and other outdoor garb to he a profitable sideline.’
      • ‘A former deep sea diver and merchant banker, he used to run a computer company with a sideline in adult games.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you have already integrated a vegetarian sideline in your food service operation, you are already a step ahead.’
  • 2usually sidelinesEither of the two lines bounding the longer sides of a football field, basketball court, tennis court, or similar playing area.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Charlie Garner caught a long pass near the sideline and was slammed out of bounds by Jerome Woods.’
    • ‘He knows how to play in the middle of the field and work the sidelines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually, Bird stands on the sideline only when timeouts are called, and even then, it seems like it's against his will.’
    • ‘The camera pans from the court to the sidelines where cheerleaders (including Abby) are cheering through all the noise from the supporters.’
    • ‘He raced down to the left sideline before crossing into the path of Luther Watson.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Woodson was second on the scene and had a chance to two-hand-shove Crayton, who was tiptoeing along the sideline, out of bounds.’
    • ‘Early in the fourth quarter, Holt ran a streak pattern down the left sideline.’
    • ‘It seems his best plays come when he's running for his life and sprinting toward a sideline.’
    • ‘Jon Barry rises off the bench and maneuvers his way up the sideline toward the scorer's table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's not a daily occurrence that a football flies to the sidelines to hit innocent victims!’
    • ‘You ended up being forced out of bounds on most of the plays that went toward the sidelines.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 The area immediately outside either sideline as a place for nonplayers, substitutes, or spectators.
      ‘his son watched from the sidelines’
      • ‘The 25-year-old watched from the sidelines during his team's 1-0 victory, blaming the accident for his absence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You'll even find animated coaches and cheerleaders roaming the sidelines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Quarter paced the sidelines while gulping down water out of his Gatorade water bottle and squeezing some of it over his head.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The team walked onto the sidelines and we sat down on the benches that were there.’
      • ‘Acclaim's attention to detail has even extended to the sidelines, where team mascots jump about and try to get the animated crowd excited.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today, Holmgren is back to what he does best - patrolling the sidelines, creating strategies and inspiring players.’
      • ‘Instead of observing from the sidelines, he preferred to jump into the game and look for the truth from the midst of the action.’
      • ‘It's not nice watching from the sidelines, and with the game against Telford being postponed I've not played for over two weeks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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

    ‘he has been sidelined for the last six weeks with a fractured wrist’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Graham's injury is a cruel blow to himself and his team and he's expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.’
    • ‘He was sidelined after just three games last year because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.’
    • ‘He is expected to pick up where he left off when sidelined with an ankle injury.’
    • ‘Five starters and nine players overall have been sidelined for stretches of a week or more.’
    • ‘It was a pity that the game got a bit out of hand in the last quarter and that three players were sidelined.’
    • ‘Gavin has been sidelined with a foot injury picked up in the opening pre-season friendly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 condition is one that often lingers for weeks and could sideline a player for a month or more should the tendon snap.’
    • ‘The other three runners-up all had at least one star player sidelined for more than half the season.’
    • ‘This sort of problem would sideline a current player for at least a month, but Butch played through the pain.’
    • ‘The women's team began the year with several of its top gymnasts sidelined with injury.’
    • ‘When injuries sidelined the big gunners, he played a key role in keeping the team winning.’
    • ‘Taylor played well as a rookie until a shoulder injury sidelined him at midseason.’
    • ‘His impact would have been greater had a high ankle sprain not sidelined him four of the last six games.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Officials endorsed the decision, but were obviously furious about being effectively sidelined.’
      • ‘They have become effectively sidelined in the pensions debate.’
      • ‘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.’