off·​side | \ ˈȯf-ˈsīd How to pronounce offside (audio) \

Definition of offside

: illegally in advance of the ball or puck

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And although the forward was able to finish, it was ruled offside., "Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Gareth Bale Rescues Zinedine Zidane," 1 Sep. 2019 New signing Leandro Trossard appeared to have given his side a lead in the first half, only for VAR to rule it out after spotting Dan Burn's leg was offside in the build-up., "Premier League: Marco Silva, Manuel Pellegrini & Steve Bruce Share Thoughts on Saturday's Action," 18 Aug. 2019 North-South were relieved to see that with spades breaking badly and the king of clubs offside, six diamonds would probably fail. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: July 28, 2019," 28 July 2019 White appeared to score the tying goal but was called marginally offside in a review. Ann Killion,, "One more game for U.S. women, who will play for World Cup title," 2 July 2019 The league’s general managers approved allowing coaches an unlimited number of video challenges for goalie interference, offside and an additional element of possible missed calls that would have resulted in a stoppage in play. John Wawrow, The Denver Post, "NHL expands video review after calls missed in playoffs," 20 June 2019 The goal was called back as Heath was ruled offside. Thom Craver, CBS News, "Women's World Cup: U.S. defeats France, 2-1," 28 June 2019 Sadio Mane managed to find the back of the net twice, but both strikes were eventually ruled out for offside following VAR reviews., "AFCON Roundup: Senegal and Nigeria Earn Dramatic Victories to Secure Semi-Final Spots," 11 July 2019 But video review showed White was offside, wiping out the equalizer. NBC News, "Alex Morgan and Alyssa Naeher lead U.S. women to 2-1 victory over England in World Cup semis," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of offside

1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of offside

sports : in a position in a game (such as football or hockey) on the opponent's part of the field where you are not allowed to be : not onside
British : on the right side

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