adverb or adjective

on·​side ˈȯn-ˈsīd How to pronounce onside (audio)
: 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 As Alphonso Davies raced downfield, Kane aligned himself onside in front of the goal. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2023 The two scandals put the bank in the delicate position of needing to recruit and retain employees in what has been a fierce war for talent on Wall Street while keeping investors and other stakeholders onside after one of the worst years in its recent history. Myriam Balezou, Bloomberg.com, 10 Mar. 2022 The sequence was set up as Bobby Wood dummied a pass from DeJuan Jones, Bou was held onside by right back Shaq Moore. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023 But what does the White House do if Speaker Kevin McCarthy gets his team onside? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2023 Borrero’s threat on the left wing appeared to help keep Bou onside on the goal, Moore playing off him as the other defenders stepped up. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023 This agreement was made possible in part by President Biden’s recent neglect of Washington’s longstanding work to keep Riyadh onside — an unedifying business, but one that has brought America strategic advantages. The Editors, National Review, 13 Mar. 2023 On the first one, Miami’s Gonzalo Higuain was ruled onside on the start of a breakaway that led to a score, and on the other a penalty was given when Miami’s Rodolfo Pizarro tripped over Galaxy defender Jorge Villafaña at the edge of the penalty area. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Part of that reflects his desire to bring countries outside the richest nations into the fold and keep them onside as alliances splinter and middle powers rise. Rosalind Mathieson, Bloomberg.com, 17 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of onside was in 1871

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“Onside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onside. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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