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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Still, the format was familiar to any who tuned in for those broadcasts; the forum is not so much a debate but an opportunity for voters to see the candidates answer a series of questions and react to their rivals while standing side by side. oregonlive, "Who won September’s Democratic presidential debate? Vote here," 13 Sep. 2019 The South American duo spent four years playing side by side at Camp Nou, though the Brazilian switched to Ligue 1 in 2017, supposedly in part to move out of Messi's shadow., "Lionel Messi 'Would Have Loved' for Neymar to Rejoin Barcelona," 12 Sep. 2019 The sick and dying flocked to Seattle to be turned into zombies, and the city was rebuilt and rebranded as a peaceful place where zombies and humans lived side by side. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Rob Thomas breaks down iZombie's happy ending — and why it's so different from Veronica Mars," 2 Aug. 2019 In Berlin, the Ilse house and the Haus am Horn will be explained side by side. The Economist, "Kinks in the clean lines of the Bauhaus," 1 Aug. 2019 The Corbins stood side by side with their bodies half-curved toward each other like the halves of a clam shell. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "This couple has been homeless and jobless. Last week, they graduated from a D.C. charter high school.," 25 July 2019 In these shops, virtue and vice are piled side by side, beckoning us at our most vulnerable. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Battle of Hudson News Versus Willpower, Hudson News Always Wins," 19 July 2019 Inexplicably, climate change, despite its demonstrable importance to Democratic voters, isn’t getting the same treatment—even CNN’s marathon town hall couldn’t feature the candidates side by side, due to DNC restrictions. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "It’s Not That Hard to Have a Substantive Exchange About Global Warming," 13 Sep. 2019 Justin showed off the comparison by posting a side by side of some old pics of Justin and the twins. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Woah, Justin Bieber Looks So Much Like Cole and Dylan Sprouse As a Baby That They Could Be Triplets," 3 Sep. 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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