- 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.
- with or in doubtful propriety or taste; risqué: an offside joke.
Origin of offside
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Examples from the Web for offside
Replays showed that he was level with the last defender, certainly not offside.U.S. Wins!
June 23, 2010
The back awaits it, coolly enough; knowing that Damer's forwards are offside.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
We should probably have scored more had not the forwards been 'offside' so often.A Patriotic Schoolgirl
It was an offside play, he declared, because it wasn't a king at all.At Good Old Siwash
The main principle is that any one who is not “offside” is in play.
He pulled a rein, and brought the light of the offside lamp to bear on a milestone with a bill pasted upon it.The Adventures of Harry Revel</p>
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- 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
- the offside mainly British
- the side of a vehicle nearest the centre of the road (in Britain, the right side)
- (as modifier)the offside passenger door
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Word Origin and History for offside
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