Definition of this side of in English:

this side of

phrase

  • 1Before (a particular time, date, or event)

    ‘this side of midnight’
    • ‘They owe nothing to the new leader and see little prospect of a Tory election victory this side of 2009.’
    • ‘If everyone reading this downloads just three tracks each, we can prevent her from releasing anything this side of 2015.’
    • ‘He has sabotaged any chance of Australia becoming a Republic this side of the millennium but we will become a Republic some time in the next ten years.’
    • ‘Half of the next album is written and parts of it are already in demo form, so expect new material sometime this side of 2005.’
    • ‘She reckons she has another three novels in her, so anyone who expects another this side of 2010 should probably lay off the codeine.’
    • ‘They have tough questions for him on his proposals and farmers are entitled to have his answers this side of the referendum.’
    • ‘Unfortunately I don't think we will see him play again this side of Christmas.’
    1. 1.1 Yet to reach (a particular age)
      ‘I'm this side of forty-five’
      • ‘It was nice to see that all the former students have aged well and while now everyone has a good idea of our ages, we are all pleased that at least we are still on this side of the half-century mark.’
      • ‘The journey of our life is hopefully towards perfection, and we don't reach it this side of death of course, but the quest is there.’
      • ‘I am not the first person this side of thirty to work here, nor do I expect to be the last.’
      • ‘An obscure Sri Lankan had shoved aside three of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, the wonder carried in the voice of an Indian just this side of 70.’
      • ‘Let's face it, she must be one of the most glamorous women supposed to be this side of forty on the planet.’
  • 2informal Used in superlative expressions to denote that something is comparable with a paragon or model of its kind.

    ‘the finest coffee this side of Brazil’
    • ‘The sell-out success of last year's event saw some of the most fashionable hats this side of Royal Ascot.’
    • ‘I remember one time I stole a kiss in the back orchard - they've got the largest plot of land this side of anywhere.’
    • ‘The days were warm and comfortable, he thought absently, but the nights were just this side of bitterly cold.’
    • ‘The leaflet shows photos of a palace the size of Corsica, immaculate formal gardens and a belle époque tearoom with one of the most beautiful sea views this side of the Seychelles.’
    • ‘Of course, there's tourist buses galore, and some of the biggest camera lenses this side of sporting events and paparazzi.’
    • ‘It was Mathias' voice, deep and undulating, a hair's breadth this side of under control.’
    • ‘You won't find a better dance ensemble this side of that imaginary line that separates the US from the wild and beautiful lands to its south.’
    • ‘This place has the best coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries this side of the Rocky Mountains.’
    • ‘It serves the other best coffee I have ever had this side of the Mediterranean.’
    • ‘Just a couple of years ago, the vegetable patches yielded some of the sweetest spinach this side of the Yangtze River.’