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on the side

Definition of on the side

  1. 1 :  in addition to the main item in a meal <We were served salmon with rice and grilled vegetables on the side.>

  2. 2 :  served next to something rather than on top of it <For my salad, I'd like Italian dressing on the side.>

  3. 3 :  in addition to someone's main job <She sells insurance on the side.>

  4. 4 :  as part of a secret romantic relationship that is outside of marriage or a main romantic relationship <a married man with a girlfriend on the side> <She had a fiancé but was seeing another man on the side.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body

    :  one of the halves of the animal body on either side of the median plane

    :  one longitudinal half of a hide

  1. :  situated on the side

    :  of or relating to the side

    :  directed toward or from the side

  1. :  to agree with :  support

    :  to be side by side with

    :  to set or put aside :  clear away

  1. :  swaggering or arrogant manner :  pretentiousness

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to take off or remove

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