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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When naming top subscription apps, Apple curiously placed Netflix and Chinese competitor iQIYI side by side on the list, which might be signaling for which markets it values. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Apple shares new App Store stats ahead of its 10th anniversary," 5 July 2018 In the Google Maps satellite photos, the two ships side by side in the shipyard—the two Type 055s—appear still under construction with various parts of the superstructure missing. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Is What a Real Naval Buildup Looks Like," 5 June 2018 Grande and Davidson, both 24, were side by side in the clip, though neither showed their faces. Dave Quinn,, "So Sweet! Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson End Memorial Day Together by Roasting Marshmallows," 29 May 2018 White trim hangs above the entrance and two framed images of the Colonel sit side by side on the front facade. Nate Berg, Curbed, "McDonald’s 2.0," 11 Apr. 2018 On the bookcase in his office, jars of beans sit side by side with pictures of his son. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 And this, of course, brings us to our main event: the photo Kardashian posted of the sisters pregnant and standing side by side. Sam Escobar, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian Cradle Their Pregnant Stomachs in New Instagram Photo," 4 Feb. 2018 Sizewise, the Lodgepole is a true two-person tent, with enough space for a pair of sleeping pads and bags placed side by side, but not a ton of extra room for gear (or stretching out) in between. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing’s New Camping Gear," 1 June 2018 More than a dozen school buses sat idling, parked side by side outside Noblesville West Middle School, before the bus doors opened and students streamed toward school entrances Wednesday morning. Washington Post, "Students return to Indiana middle school following shooting," 30 May 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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