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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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 Israel released several photos of the visit, including the two men shaking hands, sitting side by side in an ornate meeting room and looking at a map of the region together. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israeli Leader Visits Oman’s Ruler in Sign of Improving Relations," 26 Oct. 2018 In an amusement park, men and women line up side by side to ride merry-go-rounds and roller coasters. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 In all, there were more than 170 bodies in black bags, spread side by side. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 FaZe Clan members live in a giant mansion in Hollywood Hills, living side by side with Bengtson’s other YouTube initiative, Clout Gang (a group of popular YouTube vloggers). Julia Alexander, The Verge, "FaZe Clan welcomes ‘FaZe Boat’," 18 Dec. 2018 Others, their leaves small and yellow, stand side by side with healthy maples. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 Read on to see Kylie's full latex look as well as a side by side of her and Kim. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner ​Morphed Into Kim Kardashian Circa 2015 in This Latex Dress​," 7 Sep. 2018 The two work side by side as course marshals at the linear bocce tournaments held bi-annually in Indianapolis. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "These two men compete to get one-liners in IndyStar’s ‘Let it Out’ section," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of side by side was in the 13th century

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