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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Judging by Amy's Instagram, the family, plus Chris, frequently have meals together, and everyone loves spending the holidays side by side. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About 'Little People, Big World' Star Amy Roloff's Boyfriend Chris Marek," 2 Apr. 2019 Legacies' Danielle Russell Creates The Playlist of Her Life Despite the fact that these two costumes are surprisingly color-coordinated side by side, I…have some questions. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ross Butler and Noah Centineo Dress as Wolverine and Gaston for Halloween 2018," 27 Oct. 2018 Two sisters diagnosed with the same one-in-a-million disease weeks apart are recovering side by side after undergoing matching brain surgeries. Fox News, "Sisters diagnosed with rare disease weeks apart recovering from brain surgeries," 28 Sep. 2018 The two soldiers sit side by side at their own workstations, LCD touchscreen control panels hovering in their laps. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 Is there any real reason why audiences and Academy voters should not judge these performances side by side as opposed to within separate categories that have little to do with the performance as experienced? Lilly J. Goren, Fortune, "Commentary: Why Does the Oscars Still Divide Men and Women for the Best Actor Award?," 1 Mar. 2018 The cars continued speeding down the freeway side by side. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Report: Former top Waymo engineer altered code to go on “forbidden routes”," 17 Oct. 2018 The zip line will allow two riders to fly down the mountain side by side for more than a mile, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. Hugo Martin,, "Another weak snow season brings zip lines, yoga, cycling to California resorts this summer," 29 June 2018 Get face to face with your partner, either lying down side by side or with one of you on top of the other. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "17 Foreplay Tips & Ideas You'll Be Dying to Try," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of side by side

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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