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ringside

[ring-sahyd]
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noun
  1. the area immediately surrounding a ring, especially the area occupied by the first row of seats on all sides of a boxing or wrestling ring.
  2. any place providing a close view.
adjective
  1. in or pertaining to the area immediately surrounding a ring or arena.
  2. close to the point of action; having a close view.

Origin of ringside

First recorded in 1865–75; ring1 + side1
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  • If I'm going to do this affair justice I've got to be at the ringside.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • Around the ringside the faces of the Slavs shone with relief.

    The Snow-Burner

    Henry Oyen

  • Down near the ringside was the pit, or podium, and that was the choice place.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • “I should advise you in any case to go to the ringside,” said Craven.

    Rodney Stone

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But I can make other arrangements; I can give you as good as ringside seats for each performance.


British Dictionary definitions for ringside

ringside

noun
  1. the area immediately surrounding an arena, esp the row of seats nearest a boxing or wrestling ring
    1. any place affording a close uninterrupted view
    2. (as modifier)a ringside seat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ringside

n.

also ring-side, 1855, from ring (n.1) in the "space for fighting" sense + side (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper