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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side-by-side adjective

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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 The film tracks the development of her political consciousness, as the environmental and women's movements were born and gained strength side by side with the unions. Chris Ball,, "'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 1 Apr. 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 The two countries marched side by side in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games for the first time as part of a joint Olympic team, and two summits between Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-In have since taken place. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Basketball helps 2 Koreas in their bid to mend fences," 4 July 2018 Twenty-five beds are positioned side by side in an open room, smelling of sweat and detergent. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 Cohen and the Shustermans invested side by side in taxi businesses in New York and Chicago. Caleb Melby,, "Cohen’s In-Laws Look to Sell Units in Trump World Tower Building," 15 June 2018 Trainer Dale Romans’s two 30-1 choices, Free Drop Billy and Promises Fulfilled, will start side by side in the No. 2 and No. 3 posts, respectively. Childs Walker,, "Justify to start from No. 7 post as Kentucky Derby favorite," 1 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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The first known use of side by side was in the 13th century

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to gather or build up little by little

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