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 area immediately beyond either sideline, where the substitute players sit.
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.
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How to use sideline in a sentence
“Like any coach on the sideline, Caldwell was just as responsible as his players on the field for achieving what he viewed as victory that day,” they wrote.Former FBI official, a Navy veteran, is ‘key figure’ in Jan. 6 riot, prosecutors allege | Rachel Weiner, Spencer Hsu | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
That was seven years ago, and while she has transitioned into executive leadership coaching, the prospect of doing good in a post-2020 world could convince her to come off the sidelines.
Henne was last week’s hero, but he’s likely to be back on the sideline during Sunday’s AFC championship game if Mahomes, who also hurt his foot last week, completes the NFL’s concussion protocol.Chad Henne is in the pantheon of NFL backup QB heroes, whether he gets another shot or not | Cindy Boren | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
A final driver forcing CEOs to come off the sideline is the expectation of today’s more politically engaged younger workers.As Americans Crave Stability After Capitol Attack, CEOs Step Into the Leadership Void | Eben Shapiro | January 17, 2021 | Time
He completed 11 of 27 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and he had a pick-six on a short pass to the sideline.Eight big questions for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs | John Clayton | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The Democrats were able to sideline Kucinich and avoid a divisive impeachment battle.Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It | Eleanor Clift | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Back in 2005, Franklin had referred to sideline reporter Holly Rowe as “sweetheart.”
Twenty minutes later, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore was barreling down the left sideline at top speed in pursuit of the ball.Will Jozy Altidore Be Team USA’s World Cup Savior vs. Belgium? | Emily Shire | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even after she left its barbed bosom, it did its best to further excommunicate and sideline her.If Kate Middleton’s Butt Could Speak: It’s Time Royal Princesses Led Visible, Voluble Public Lives | Tim Teeman | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which sideline reporter will appear on television first after kickoff: Erin Andrews or Pam Oliver?
If some interesting sideline crops up, they can't investigate it.Security | Poul William Anderson
Sure, you got improvements to make but a new sideline can get to be pretty profitable—if you get in on the ground floor.The Love of Frank Nineteen | David Carpenter Knight
The average subject is handled standing and can be restrained with a twitch, sideline and hood.Lameness of the Horse | John Victor Lacroix
Sharkie Johnson worked in Fuels Section, and he made a nice little sideline of stealing alcohol, cutting it, and selling it.The Man Who Hated Mars | Gordon Randall Garrett
Everyone had a little sideline, a gimmick, to put one over on whoever was gullible enough to swallow it.The House from Nowhere | Arthur G. Stangland
British Dictionary definitions for sideline
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
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