on·side | \ˈȯn-ˈsīd, ˈän-\

Definition of onside 

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

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Just Short Falcao broke for goal onside and between two defenders, then leapt athletically to get a toe on a pass. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Japan’s World Cup Starts With a Wild Win Over Colombia," 20 June 2018 The move creates a pocket of space between Vela and his two defenders, who have retreated at speed on the right—conveniently rendering Chicharito onside on the left 20 yards away. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Masters of Modern Soccer: Chicharito and the Art of Mexico's Synchronization," 3 May 2018 Footage showed that Matt Calvert’s skate had dragged across the blue line entering the offensive zone, onside and legal, moments before the Columbus winger punched a rebound past goalie Braden Holtby for a 5-4 win and a 2-0 series lead. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Capitals Suffer Another Overtime Loss, This Time a Slow Bleed," 16 Apr. 2018 As per the Sun, in an effort to get the fans back onside, Donald wants to appoint club legend Phillips as the new boss. SI.com, "Club Legend Named as New Owner's First Choice to Replace Chris Coleman at Sunderland," 1 May 2018 Everton have performed at their best with the fans onside, on and off the pitch. SI.com, "FanView: Everton Fan Survey Threatens to Widen the Gap Between Club & Its Home Faithful," 18 Apr. 2018 On Colorado’s second goal, Real kept eventual scorer Dominique Badji onside while watching the action from the flank — and kept watching as Badji scored right in front of him. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union's loss at Rapids set record for youngest defense in MLS history, for better and worse," 2 Apr. 2018 Die Schwarzgelben hit back instantaneously though, as Dortmund this time made no mistake in staying onside. SI.com, "RB Leipzig 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: Honours Even at the Red Bull Arena as Reus Earns BVB Vital Point," 3 Mar. 2018 The Turkish champion held out until two minutes before halftime but by the it had been forced so deep that Muller was onside as the ball bounced to him four yards out before hooking in Bayern's second. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Vital Error Undoes Chelsea's Work vs. Barcelona; Bayern Kills Off 10-Man Besiktas in UCL," 20 Feb. 2018

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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onside

adverb

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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