- one of the surfaces forming the outside of or bounding a thing, or one of the lines bounding a geometric figure.
- either of the two broad surfaces of a thin, flat object, as a door, a piece of paper, etc.
- one of the lateral surfaces of an object, as opposed to the front, back, top, and bottom.
- either of the two lateral parts or areas of a thing: the right side and the left side.
- either lateral half of the body, especially of the trunk, of a human or animal.
- the dressed, lengthwise half of an animal's body, as of beef or pork, used for food.
- an aspect or phase, especially as contrasted with another aspect or phase: to consider all sides of a problem.
- region, direction, or position with reference to a central line, space, or point: the east side of a city.
- a slope, as of a hill.
- one of two or more contesting teams, groups, parties, etc.: Our side won the baseball game.
- the position, course, or part of a person or group opposing another: I am on your side in this issue.
- line of descent through either the father or the mother: grandparents on one's maternal side.
- the space immediately adjacent to something or someone indicated: Stand at my side.
- Informal. a side dish, as in a restaurant: I'll have a hamburger and a side of French fries.
- Usually sides. Theater.
- pages of a script containing only the lines and cues of a specific role to be learned by a performer.
- the lines of the role.
- Nautical. the hull portion that is normally out of the water, located between the stem and stern to port or starboard.
- Billiards. English(def 8).
- either of the two surfaces of a phonograph record or the two tracks on a audiotape.
- Slang.a phonograph record.
- Chiefly British Slang.
- affected manner; pretension; assumed haughtiness: to put on side.
- impudence; gall: He has a lot of side.
- being at or on one side: the side aisles of a theater.
- coming from one side.
- directed toward one side: a side blow.
- subordinate or incidental: a side issue.
- side with/against, to favor or support or refuse to support one group, opinion, etc., against opposition; take sides, as in a dispute: He always sides with the underdog.
- on the side, Informal.
- separate from the main issue or point of interest.
- in addition to one's regular, or known work, interest, relationships, etc.: She tried selling cosmetics on the side. He dates another girl on the side.
- as a side dish: a hamburger with French fries on the side.
- on the (adjective) side, rather more than less; tending toward (the quality or condition specified): This cake is a little on the sweet side.
- side by side,
- next to one another; together.
- closely associated or related; in proximity: A divided city in which democracy and communism must live side by side.
- take sides, to give one's support to one person or group in a dispute; be partial to one side: We were careful not to take sides for fear of getting personally involved.
- the far side, the farther or opposite side: the far side of the moon.
Origin of side1
- a line or surface that borders anything
- any line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane geometric figure
- another name for face (def. 13)
- either of two parts into which an object, surface, area, etc, can be divided, esp by a line, median, space, etcthe right side and the left side Related adjective: lateral
- either of the two surfaces of a flat objectthe right and wrong side of the cloth
- a surface or part of an object that extends verticallythe side of a cliff
- either half of a human or animal body, esp the area around the waist, as divided by the median planeI have a pain in my side
- the area immediately next to a person or thinghe stood at her side
- a district, point, or direction within an area identified by reference to a central pointthe south side of the city
- the area at the edge of a room, road, etc, as distinguished from the middle
- aspect or partlook on the bright side; his cruel side
- one of two or more contesting factions, teams, etc
- a page in an essay, book, etc
- a position, opinion, etc, held in opposition to another in a dispute
- line of descenthe gets his brains from his mother's side
- informal a television channel
- billiards snooker spin imparted to a ball by striking it off-centre with the cueUS and Canadian equivalent: English
- British slang insolence, arrogance, or pretentiousnessto put on side
- on one side set apart from the rest, as provision for emergencies, etc, or to avoid muddling
- on the heavy side tending to be too heavy
- on the side
- apart from or in addition to the main object
- as a sideline
- USas a side dish
- bit on the side See bit 1 (def. 11)
- side by side
- close together
- (foll by with)beside or near to
- take sides to support one group, opinion, etc, as against another
- being on one side; lateral
- from or viewed as if from one side
- directed towards one side
- not main; subordinate or incidentalside door; side road
- (intr usually foll by with) to support or associate oneself with a faction, interest, etc
- (tr) to provide with siding or sides
- (tr; often foll by away or up) Northern English dialect to tidy up or clear (dishes, a table, etc)
Word Origin and History for take sides
Old English side "flanks of a person, the long part or aspect of anything," from Proto-Germanic *sithon (cf. Old Saxon sida, Old Norse siða, Danish side, Swedish sida, Middle Dutch side, Dutch zidje, Old High German sita, German Seite), from adjective *sithas "long" (cf. Old English sid "long, broad, spacious," Old Norse siðr "long, hanging down"), from PIE root *se- "long, late" (see soiree).
Original sense preserved in countryside. Figurative sense of "position or attitude of a person or set of persons in relation to another" (cf. choosing sides) first recorded mid-13c. Meaning "one of the parties in a transaction" is from late 14c.; sense in a sporting contest or game is from 1690s. Meaning "music on one side of a phonograph record" is first attested 1936. Phrase side by side "close together and abreast" is recorded from c.1200. Side-splitting "affecting with compulsive laughter" is attested by 1825.
late 14c., from side (n.).
Idioms and Phrases with take sides
Also, take someone's side. Support or favor one party in a dispute, as in Parents shouldn't take sides in their children's quarrels, or Thanks for taking my side concerning the agenda. [c. 1700] Also see take someone's part.
In addition to the idioms beginning with side
- side against
- side by side
- side of the tracks
- side street
- side with
- blind spot (side)
- bright side
- can't hit the broad side of a barn
- choose up (sides)
- get on someone's good side
- get up on the wrong side of bed
- in good with (on someone's good side)
- know which side of bread is buttered
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
- let someone (the side) down
- on someone's side
- on the safe side
- on the side
- on the side of the angels
- other side of the coin
- right side of the tracks
- right-side out
- right-side up
- seamy side
- split one's sides
- sunny-side up
- take aside (to one side)
- take sides
- this side of
- thorn in one's flesh (side)
- work both sides of the street
- wrong side of