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beside the point

Definition of beside the point

  1. :  not related to the main idea that is being discussed :  not important <No one knows what we did, but that's beside the point. What we did was wrong.>



Word by Word Definitions

besideplay
  1. :  by the side of

    :  in comparison with

    :  on a par with

  1. :  nearby

    :  besides

pointplay
  1. :  an individual detail :  item

    :  a distinguishing detail

    :  the most important essential in a discussion or matter

  1. :  to furnish with a point :  sharpen

    :  to give added force, emphasis, or piquancy to

    :  to scratch out the old mortar from the joints of (as a brick wall) and fill in with new material


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