Sideline meaning

sīdlīn
An activity pursued in addition to one's regular occupation.
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To remove or keep from active participation.
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To remove from active participation.

Sidelined by an injury.

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A line at the side of something, as in "the yellow sideline of the road".
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(sports) A line defining the side boundary of a playing field.
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The position or point of view of those who observe rather than participate in an activity.

The political sidelines.

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A subsidiary line of merchandise.
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A line at or along the side.
  • Either of two lines marking the side limits of a playing area, as in football or tennis.
  • The areas just outside these lines.
  • A line, as of merchandise or work, in addition to one's main line.
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(usually in the plural) The area outside the playing field beyond each sideline.

The coach stood on the sidelines and bellowed commands at the team.

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The outside or perimeter of any activity.

She installed the whole fixture while he simply watched from the sidelines.

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Something that is additional or extra or that exists around the edges or margins of a main item.

She started the business as a sideline to her regular work and it ended up becoming the greater source of income.

Soup need not be just a sideline to a meal; if you like, it can be the main course.

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To place on the sidelines; to bench or to keep someone out of play.

The coach sidelined the player until he regained his strength.

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To remove or keep out of circulation.

The illness sidelined him for weeks.

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on the sidelines
  • In the area along the sidelines.
  • Outside the main sphere of action.
  • Not actively participating.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on the sidelines

Origin of sideline