adverb or adjective
on·​side | \ ˈȯn-ˈsīd How to pronounce onside (audio) , ˈän- \

Definition of onside

: not offside : in a position legally to play or receive the ball or puck

Examples of onside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And for that to work, Biden has to keep all 50 senators who caucus with Democrats onside. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Republicans answer Biden call for cuts to COVID-19 spending bill — but is he listening?," 24 Feb. 2021 Kightlinger, who doubles as a linebacker with his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame, learned how to kick onside kicks the way Larlham likes them as a freshman. Matt Goul, cleveland, "CVCA gets its kicks in 55-28 playoff win at No. 23 Perry," 18 Oct. 2020 Locadia stayed onside and drew the goalkeeper out of the net, creating an opening in the bottom left corner of the goal. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Inside Jaap Stam's message to Jürgen Locadia's after another missed opportunity," 22 Aug. 2020 Kuipers let play continue, and Mukiele compounded his mistake by playing an alert Bernat onside by lagging back behind the play in the corner. Rory Smith, New York Times, "P.S.G. wins, 3-0, and reaches its first Champions League final.," 18 Aug. 2020 Notably, all of these figures have had differing approaches to Trump the man: Romney famously in opposition, Cotton and Hawley fully onside, Rubio somewhere in between. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, "In a post-Trump world, can the Tea Party rise again?," 4 Aug. 2020 Nashville defender Eric Miller failed to step forward with the rest of his back line, keeping Valeri onside in front of goal. oregonlive, "The Portland Timbers nab early-season win for the first time in 3 years," 9 Mar. 2020 Thankfully, someone is listening: Arsène Wenger, who this week suggested a change to the law so that — as long posited here — if any part of a player’s body is onside, so is the player. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Perils of Having Your Dreams Come True," 21 Feb. 2020 Whether that be a surprise onside, a punt block, punt rush, a fake punt, the things that come up every week in the National Football League. BostonGlobe.com, "Getting his team ready to play in the conditions is another story. As of Tuesday morning, the forecast for Saturday night is for a 70 percent chance of rain and temperatures dropping into the 30s.," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of onside

1871, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Onside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onside. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of onside

sports : in a position in which you are allowed to play or receive the ball or puck : not offside

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