- a brief excursion off the main route of an itinerary, as to visit a particular person or place.
Origin of side trip
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for side trip
To the excursion to Wells add a side-trip to Glastonbury, the home of the Arthurian legends.Woman's Club Work and Programs
Caroline French Benton
Suppose that we wanted not only Venice but Naples—this last, considerably more of a side-trip.
The inclusion of the side-trip added but 8.9 lire to our original pasteboard, or less than two dollars.
But now it had become an after-thought, a side-trip, a little excursion to be made while waiting for midnight!Pharaoh's Broker