Language: Old English


1 noun
Related topics: Human
side1 S1 W1 [countable]

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
side of
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 the road.
His friends and family were all on the other side of the world.
The restaurant was empty apart from another couple on the far side of the room (=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.

next to

[usually singular] 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
side of
He led the way round to the side of the building.
the side of her glass
Someone ran into the side of my car.
high-sided/straight-sided etc
high-sided vehicles
a straight-sided dish


the part of an object or area that is furthest from the middle, at or near the edge
side of
Jack sat down heavily on the side of the bed.
She pulled into the side of the road and stopped the car.
fireside, lakeside, riverside, roadside, seaside1

of a thin object

one of the two surfaces of a thin flat object
side of
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

HBH 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.
Betty was lying on her side on the bed.


one of the flat surfaces or edges of a shape:
A cube has six sides.
three-sided/four-sided etc
a seven-sided coin


one of the sloping areas of a hill, mountain etc
side of
Their house was on the side of the valley.
sheep grazing on the steep hillside
steep-sided/sheer-sided etc
a steep-sided valley


British English a page of writing on one side of a piece of paper:
How many sides have we got to write?

side by side

a) next to each other:
We walked along the beach, side by side.
b) 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.
c) 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 dark side.


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 changed sides several times.
be on somebody's side (=support them)
Well at least someone's on my side.
whose side are you on? spoken (=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]
Try and see my 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.

take sides

to choose to support one person or group in an argument, and oppose the other one


British English a sports team:
They're a good side, but I think we're a better one.

part of somebody's character

[usually singular] one part of someone's character, especially when compared with another part
side of
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:
My father's side of the family are short, but my mother's side are tall.

somebody's side of a deal/bargain

what someone agrees to do as part of an agreement:
The Russians kept their side of the bargain, and pulled out of East Germany.

on the side

a) used to say that someone does work in addition to their regular job:
Most consultants do private work on the side.
sideline1 (1)
b) secretly, and dishonestly or illegally:
His wife discovered that he had a woman on the side.

➔ a bit on the side

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c) DF 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.


American English a small amount of food that you order in a restaurant in addition to your main meal
side of
a hamburger with a side of fries

on/from all sides

also on/from every side
a) in or from every direction:
Planes were attacking us from all sides.
The town is surrounded on all sides by vineyards.
b) 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

informal younger or older than 30, 40 etc

on the small/high/heavy etc side etc

spoken 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

informal breaking or not breaking the law

be on the side of the angels

to be doing what is morally right

let the side down

British English 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

American English spoken to criticize someone, complain to them in an annoying way etc without worrying about how they feel


a side of beef/bacon etc

DF one half of an animal's body, used as food

tv station

[usually singular] British English spokenTCB a television station [= channel]:
What's on the other side?
double-sided, one-sided

; ➔ to be on the safe side

at safe1 (7)

; ➔ err on the side of caution

at err (1), flip side

; ➔ split your sides

at split1 (10)

; ➔ the other side of the coin

at coin1 (3)

; ➔ two sides of the same coin

at coin1 (4)

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