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part of an area
one of the two areas that are on the left or the right of an imaginary line, or on the left or the right of a border, wall, river etc
The south side of town is pretty run down.
on the ... side
a scar on the right side of his face
Fuel is cheaper on the French side of the border.
to one/the side
She tilted her head to one side, pretending to consider the question.
A man stood watching me from
the other side of
His friends and family were all on
the other side of
The restaurant was empty apart from another couple on
the far side of
the area that is furthest away from you
the right-hand/left-hand side
the right side or the left side
In Sri Lanka they drive on the left-hand side of the road.
a position directly next to someone or something, on the right or the left
on this/one side (of somebody/something)
Stand on this side of me so Dad can get a photo.
at somebody's side/at the side of something
A little girl was skipping along at her side.
There was a card tacked to the wall at the side of the photograph.
on either side (of something)
Two large screens stood on either side of the stage
one on the left and one on the right side of it
to somebody's side
Maggie hurried to his side.
of a building/object/vehicle etc
a surface of something that is not its front, back, top, or bottom
He led the way round to the side of the building.
the side of her glass
Someone ran into the side of my car.
a straight-sided dish
the part of an object or area that is furthest from the middle, at or near the edge
Jack sat down heavily on the side of the bed.
She pulled into the side of the road and stopped the car.
of a thin object
one of the two surfaces of a thin flat object
Write on only one side of the paper.
I'll paint the other side of the fence tomorrow.
There's a scratch on one side of the record.
part of your body
the part of your body from the top of your arm to the top of your leg
He had a scar running right the way down his side.
on the bed.
one of the flat surfaces or edges of a shape
A cube has six sides.
a seven-sided coin
one of the sloping areas of a hill, mountain etc
Their house was on the side of the valley.
sheep grazing on the steep hillside
a steep-sided valley
a page of writing on one side of a piece of paper
How many sides have we got to write?
side by side
next to each other
We walked along the beach, side by side.
if people work side by side, they work together to achieve something
side by side with
Local citizens worked side by side with emergency crews to pull their neighbors out of the rubble.
if different things or groups exist side by side, they exist in the same place or at the same time, even though this may seem difficult or surprising
a visit to see how modern agriculture and wildlife can exist side by side
from side to side
first to one side, then to the other, several times or continuously
'Did you catch him?' Matthew shook his head from side to side.
swing/rock/sway from side to side
The boat rocked violently from side to side.
one part or feature of something, especially when compared with another part
technical/financial/social etc side
She takes care of the financial side of the business.
serious/funny/negative/positive etc side
Can't you see the funny side of all this?
Environmental pollution gives great cause for concern, but,
on the positive side
, people are beginning to try and find solutions.
Look on the bright side
see the good side of a situation
- at least you learned something from the experience.
It's a children's book about fairies and magic, but it does have a
one of the people, groups, or countries opposing each other in a quarrel, war etc
He fought on the republican side in the Spanish Civil War.
a peace deal that is acceptable to both sides
During the war, he
be on somebody's side
Well at least someone's on my side.
whose side are you on?
used when someone is arguing against you when they should be supporting you
He always likes to be
on the winning side
one person's opinion or attitude in an argument or disagreement
point of view
side of things
for a change!
Well, I can
see both sides
. They both have a point.
somebody's side of the story
one person's opinion of what happened in a situation, especially someone who has been accused of doing something wrong
We haven't heard Mike's side of the story yet.
to choose to support one person or group in an argument, and oppose the other one
a sports team
They're a good side, but I think we're a better one.
part of somebody's character
one part of someone's character, especially when compared with another part
It was a side of Shari that I hadn't seen before.
There was a side to
him that worried her, that seemed cold and cruel.
somebody's softer/feminine/emotional etc side
These days men are not all afraid to show their softer side.
of a family
a part of a family
father's side of the family
are short, but my
somebody's side of a deal/bargain
what someone agrees to do as part of an agreement
side of the bargain
, and pulled out of East Germany.
on the side
used to say that someone does work in addition to their regular job
Most consultants do private work on the side.
secretly, and dishonestly or illegally
His wife discovered that he had a woman on the side.
➔ a bit on the side
food that is served on the side is ordered with the main dish in a restaurant, but is not usually part of that dish
I'd like eggs with toast on the side.
a small amount of food that you order in a restaurant in addition to your main meal
a hamburger with a side of fries
on/from all sides
on/from every side
in or from every direction
Planes were attacking us from all sides.
The town is
surrounded on all sides
by or from a lot of people with different opinions
Clinton was praised on all sides for his warm manner and diplomatic approach.
put/leave/set something to one side
to save something to be dealt with or used later
Let's leave that question to one side for now.
Put a little money to one side each week.
be at somebody's side/stay by somebody's side/not leave somebody's side
to be with someone, and take care of them or support them
He faced the reporters with his wife at his side.
She nursed him through his illness, never leaving his side.
take/draw somebody to one side
to take someone away from other people for a short time for a private talk
Before they left, Colette took me to one side and warned me about Bernard.
have something on your side/something is on your side
used to say that you have an advantage that increases your chances of success
have time/luck/God/right etc on your side
Barnes didn't have much experience, but he had youth and enthusiasm on his side.
get on the wrong side of somebody
to annoy someone or make them angry, especially someone who can cause serious problems for you
Be careful not to get on the wrong side of her.
keep on the right side of somebody
to be careful not to annoy someone, because you want them to help you and not cause problems for you
We tried to keep on the right side of the housekeeper, so that she would let us bring beer in.
on the right/wrong side of 30/40 etc
younger or older than 30, 40 etc
on the small/high/heavy etc side etc
a little too small, too high, too heavy etc
The trousers are a bit on the small side.
this side of Christmas/midnight etc
before a particular time - used to say that something will not happen before then
I doubt we'll see him this side of Christmas.
the best/biggest etc ... this side of something
used humorously to say that something is very good, big etc
the best Chinese food this side of Peking
on the wrong/right side of the law
breaking or not breaking the law
be on the side of the angels
to be doing what is morally right
let the side down
to behave badly or do something that embarrasses or disappoints your family, friends etc
criticize/nag/hassle somebody up one side and down the other
to criticize someone, complain to them in an annoying way etc without worrying about how they feel
a side of beef/bacon etc
one half of an animal's body, used as food
a television station
What's on the other side?
; ➔ to be on the safe side
; ➔ err on the side of caution
; ➔ split your sides
; ➔ the other side of the coin
; ➔ two sides of the same coin
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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