verb (used with object), side·lined, side·lin·ing.
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’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These are not sidelines to conservative Christian doctrine, but centerpieces of it.
But while local groups fight back, the NRA is staying on the sidelines.
Then, just as Williams had accepted his place on the sidelines, the name and face that faded from our memory came rushing back.
We will not sit on the sidelines and deposit our fate in the hands of others.
No one in all the world would have given so much to watch it from the sidelines.Red Dynamite|Roy J. Snell
With a crowd of interested guests watching from the sidelines, they made their first exciting ride over the track.Behind the Green Door|Mildred A. Wirt
Peter did watch Bullitt, but more than that he watched the huddled crowd of Harvard players on the sidelines.The Boy Grew Older|Heywood Broun
Meggy Strawn, garbed in her brightest and best, was already on the sidelines, ready to lead in the cheering.Mystery Wings|Roy J. Snell
Bill and Lee, on the sidelines by the hangars, did not find all this very exciting.Battling the Clouds|Captain Frank Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for sidelines (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sidelines (2 of 2)
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.