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offside

[awf-sahyd, of-]
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adjective, adverb
  1. Sports. illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or in advance of the ball or puck at the beginning of or during play or a play: The touchdown was nullified because the offensive left tackle was offside.
  2. with or in doubtful propriety or taste; risqué: an offside joke.
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Origin of offside

First recorded in 1840–50; off + side1
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offside

adjective, adverb
  1. sport (in football, hockey, etc) in a position illegally ahead of the ball or puck when it is played, usually when within one's opponents' half or the attacking zone
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noun
  1. the offside mainly British
    1. the side of a vehicle nearest the centre of the road (in Britain, the right side)
    2. (as modifier)the offside passenger door
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Word Origin and History for offside

also off-side, 1867, in various sporting senses, originally in English football; from off + side (n.).

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