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.’
    • ‘She reckons she has another three novels in her, so anyone who expects another this side of 2010 should probably lay off the codeine.’
    • ‘Unfortunately I don't think we will see him play again this side of Christmas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have tough questions for him on his proposals and farmers are entitled to have his answers this side of the referendum.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Yet to reach (a particular age)
      ‘I'm this side of forty-five’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am not the first person this side of thirty to work here, nor do I expect to be the last.’
      • ‘Let's face it, she must be one of the most glamorous women supposed to be this side of forty on the planet.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Just a couple of years ago, the vegetable patches yielded some of the sweetest spinach this side of the Yangtze River.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The sell-out success of last year's event saw some of the most fashionable hats this side of Royal Ascot.’
    • ‘It serves the other best coffee I have ever had this side of the Mediterranean.’
    • ‘The days were warm and comfortable, he thought absently, but the nights were just this side of bitterly cold.’
    • ‘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 was Mathias' voice, deep and undulating, a hair's breadth this side of under control.’