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

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Recent Examples on the Web Regulators are onside, too, and have trimmed their capital requirements slightly. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Early Days for Deutsche Bank’s Recovery," 30 Jan. 2020 The Bengals' sad season was summed up with an incredibly sad onside-kick attempt in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "NFL mayhem: NFC's race for No. 1 is now a wild one," 16 Dec. 2019 That additional step might not be enough for Freenet, but could keep other shareholders onside. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The Cable Cowboy Sparks a War in Switzerland," 22 Aug. 2019 Of course, the first two were called back by players being onside, and the third was returned for a touchdown by the Bills earlier this season. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins’ 37-20 loss to Bills," 17 Nov. 2019 But generous tax cuts and public-sector pay rises pushed by Dragnea -- aimed at keeping voters onside -- have taken their toll on the budget and curbed domestic and foreign investment. Washington Post, "Here’s Why Romanian Politics Are Blowing Up Yet Again," 5 Nov. 2019 Italy capped off their impressive performance with a strike from Federico Chiesa in the 89th minute, but not before a VAR check which judged the goal to be onside. SI.com, "UEFA European Under-21 Championship Roundup: Spain Qualify as Italy Are Left to Await Their Fate," 23 June 2019 The opening goal for KC came when a winger was left all alone at the top corner of the box, holding his run onside before streaking in to score. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution’s keys to victory over Seattle," 9 Aug. 2019 Sarriball didn't get the fans onside, nor did Kepa's cup final antics, Eden Hazard's inevitable exit was no less upsetting, while the transfer ban was the cherry on the foul-tasting cake. SI.com, "Frank Lampard: Stat Shows Just How Much New Chelsea Boss Values Youth," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of onside

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Onside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onside. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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