- a line at the side of something.
- a business or activity pursued in addition to one's primary business; a second occupation.
- an additional or auxiliary line of goods: a grocery store with a sideline of household furnishings.
- sidelines, the position or point of view taken by a person who observes an activity or situation but does not directly participate in it.
- to render incapable of participation, especially in anything involving vigorous, physical action, as a sport: An injury to his throwing arm sidelined the quarterback for two weeks.
Origin of sideline
Examples from the Web for sidelines
Selma becomes a biopic in which the hero shines while those who worked beside him are overlooked or relegated to the sidelines.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
These are not sidelines to conservative Christian doctrine, but centerpieces of it.Church Sex Scandals Are Rooted in Theology
December 15, 2014
But while local groups fight back, the NRA is staying on the sidelines.NRA Ducks Gun Fight Out West
October 29, 2014
Then, just as Williams had accepted his place on the sidelines, the name and face that faded from our memory came rushing back.How Pharrell Williams Finally Made It to the Top
August 6, 2014
We will not sit on the sidelines and deposit our fate in the hands of others.Why You Should Blame Iran For The Gaza Conflict
July 26, 2014
From the sidelines it seemed as though they were wrestling with an invisible octopus.Greener Than You Think
The sidelines of the gang came through force of circumstances.Jack O' Judgment
Bill and Lee, on the sidelines by the hangars, did not find all this very exciting.Battling the Clouds
Captain Frank Cobb
No one in all the world would have given so much to watch it from the sidelines.
Johnny whispered as he crouched on the sidelines waiting for action.
- sport the area immediately outside the playing area, where substitute players sit
- the peripheral areas of any region, organization, etc
- sport a line that marks the side boundary of a playing area
- a subsidiary interest or source of income
- an auxiliary business activity or line of merchandise
- to prevent (a player) from taking part in a game
- to prevent (a person) from pursuing a particular activity, operation, career, etc
Word Origin and History for sidelines
also side-line, "line on the side of a fish," 1768; "lines marking the limits of playing area" (on a football field, etc.), 1862, from side (adj.) + line (q.v.). Meaning "course of business aside from one's regular occupation" is from 1890. Railway sense is from 1890. The figurative sense of "position removed from active participation" is attested from 1934 (from the railway sense or from sports, because players who are not in the game stand along the sidelines). The verb meaning "put out of play" is from 1945. Related: Sidelined; sidelining.
Idioms and Phrases with sidelines
see on the sidelines.