side by side


Definition of side by side 

1 : beside one another walking side by side

2 : in the same place, time, or circumstance lived peacefully side by side for many years

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Arrange the rhubarb side by side on top of the frangipane, trimming off any bits that overhang the uncovered dough. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Lay the stacks side by side on a sheet of wax paper, pressing gently to form a log. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 Lay the stacks side by side on a sheet of wax paper, pressing gently to form a log. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 27 June 2018 Their everyday moments together — sitting on a cabin deck, or side by side on an outdoor bench — often are the most poignant. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Meghan McCain tweets Father's Day photo, calls John McCain 'greatest father in the world'," 17 June 2018 Slahi and his special guard unit would play cards or Monopoly, Wood recalled, share the same military meals, or sit side by side on plastic chairs watching TV. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "A freed Guantánamo prisoner and his ex-guard meet again in remarkable Ramadan reunion," 11 June 2018 In 2014, with Oregon and Alabama both part of the inaugural college football playoff field, Williams and Cristobal worked side by side on Saban's staff breaking down the Ducks in preparation for a potential title matchup. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Bobby Williams brings rings, experience to Oregon Ducks special teams," 14 Apr. 2018 Sitting side by side on a bench, Mary and George Balaconis watched as the crowd moved forward to take communion. Cristela Guerra,, "Thousands gather for Castle Island sunrise Easter Mass," 1 Apr. 2018 Still on their honeymoon, in the South of France, Christian and Ana lie side by side on a cabana on the beach and text...each other. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "35 Pressing Questions I Had During 'Fifty Shades Freed'," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of side by side

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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