left/right1 [countable, usually singular] either of the two halves of a surface, an object, or an area that is divided by an imaginary central lineThey drive on the left side of the road in the Bahamas.the right side of the brainsatellite links to the other side of the worldShe was on the far side of the room.They crossed from one side of the city to the other.Stay on your side of the bed!2 [countable, usually singular] a position or an area to the left or right of somethingThere is a large window on either side of the front door.He crossed the bridge to the other side of the river.people on both sides of the AtlanticShe tilted her head to one side.
not top or bottom3 [countable] one of the flat surfaces of something that is not the top or bottom, front or backWrite your name on the side of the box.There's a scratch on the side of my car.The kitchen door is at the side of the house.a side door/entrance/windowNow lay the jar on its side.A notice was stuck to the side of the filing cabinet.4 [countable] the vertical or sloping surface around something, but not the top or bottom of itA path went up the side of the hill.Brush the sides of the pan with butter. see also hillside, mountainside
edge5 [countable] a part or an area of something near the edge and away from the middleShe stood at the far side of the room, hoping not to be noticed.A van was parked at the side of the road.the south side of the lakeThe player received treatment on the side of the court.We planted tulips along the side of the lawn. see also bedside, fireside, ringside, riverside, roadside, seaside
of body6 [countable, usually singular] either the right or left part of a person's body, from the armpit (= where the arm joins the body) to the hipShe has a pain down her right side.He was lying on his side.
near to someone or something7 [singular] a place or position very near to someone or somethingStay close by my side.Her husband stood at her side.
of something flat and thin8 [countable] either of two surfaces of something flat and thin, such as paper or clothWrite on one side of the paper only.Fry the steaks for two minutes on each side.
page9 [countable] the amount of writing needed to fill one side of a sheet of paperHe told us not to write more than three sides.
mathematics10 [countable] any of the flat surfaces of a solid objectA cube has six sides.11 [countable] any of the lines that form a flat shape such as a square or trianglea shape with five sidesThe farm buildings form three sides of a square.
-sided12 used in adjectives to state the number or type of sidesa six-sided objecta glass-sided container
in war/argument13 [countable] one of the two or more people or groups taking part in an argument, war, etc.Each side is capable of destroying the other in a nuclear war.We have finally reached an agreement acceptable to all sides.At some point during the war he seems to have changed sides.to be on the winning/losing sideThere are faults on both sides.The two sides announced a deal yesterday.14 [countable] one of the opinions, attitudes, or positions held by someone in an argument, a business arrangement, etc.We heard both sides of the argument.I just want you to hear my side of the story first.Will you keep your side of the bargain?
aspect15 [countable] a particular aspect of something, especially a situation or a person's characterThese poems reveal her gentle side.This is a side of Alan that I never knew existed.the darker side of human natureIt's good you can see the funny side of the situation.I'll take care of that side of things.
sports team16 [countable] a sports teamAs captain, Price is confident of leading his side to victory.Their side won by 12 points.We were on the winning/losing side.
of family17 [countable] the part of your family that people belong to who are related either to your mother or to your fathera cousin on my father's side (= a child of my father's brother or sister)
food18 [countable] (informal) = side dishYour dinner comes with a choice of two sides.
meat19 [countable] a side of beef/bacon, etc. one of the two halves of an animal that has been killed for meat
be on someone's side
to support and agree with someoneI'm definitely on your side in this.Whose side are you on anyway?be on side
come down on one side of the fence or the other
to choose between two possible choicescome down on one side of the fence or the other
err on the side of something
to show too much of a good qualityI thought it was better to err on the side of caution (= to be too careful rather than take a risk).err on the side of
from side to side
moving to the left and then to the right and then back againHe shook his head slowly from side to side.The ship rolled from side to side.from side to side
from/on the wrong side of the tracks
from or living in a poor area or part of townfrom the wrong side of the trackson the wrong side of the tracks
get on the right/wrong side of someone
to make someone pleased with you/annoyed with youget on the right side ofget on the wrong side of
the grass is (always) greener on the other side (of the fence)(saying) said about people who never seem happy with what they have and always think that other people have a better situation than they havethe grass is greener on the other sidethe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
have something on your side
to have something as an advantage that will make it more likely that you will achieve somethingShe may not win this year, but she does have youth on her side.have on your side
know which side your bread is buttered (on)(informal) to know where you can get an advantage for yourselfknow which side your bread is butteredknow which side your bread is buttered on
look on the bright side
to be cheerful or positive about a bad situation, for example by thinking only of the advantages and not the disadvantageslook on the bright side
not leave someone's side
to stay with someone, especially in order to take care of themnot leave side
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on/from every side
in or from all directions; everywhereWe realized we were surrounded on all sides.Disaster threatens on every side.She was bombarded with questions from all sides.on all sidesfrom all sides
on the big, small, high, etc. side(informal) slightly too big, small, high, etc.These shoes are a little on the tight side.Don't you think you're a bit on the short side to play basketball?on the big, small, high, etc. side
on the credit side
used to introduce the good points about someone or something, especially after the bad points have been mentionedOn the credit side, she's always willing to work very late.on the credit side
on the distaff side(old-fashioned) on the woman's side of the familyon the distaff side
on/to one side1 out of your wayI sat down and put my bags on one side.2 to be dealt with laterI put his complaint to one side until I had more time.Leaving that to one side for now, are there any other questions?on one sideto one side
on the other side of the fence
in a situation that is different from the one that you are inon the other side of the fence
on the right/wrong side of 40, 50, etc.(informal) younger or older than 40, 50, etc. years of ageon the right side of 40, 50, etc.on the wrong side of 40, 50, etc.
on the safe side
being especially careful; taking no risksI took some extra cash just to be on the safe side.on the safe side
on the side(informal)1 in addition to your main joba mechanic who buys and sells cars on the side2 secretly or illegallyHe's married but he has a girlfriend on the side.3 (of food in a restaurant) served at the same time as the main part of the meal, but on a separate plate; served next to something rather than on top of itI'd like a green salad, with the dressing on the side.on the side
on the wrong side of the law
in trouble with the policeon the wrong side of the law
the other side of the coin
the aspect of a situation that is the opposite of or contrasts with the one you have been talking aboutthe other side of the coin
right side up
with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal positionI dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. antonym upside downright side up
side by side1 close together and facing in the same directionThere were two children ahead, walking side by side.2 together, without any difficultiesWe have been using both systems, side by side, for two years.The two communities exist happily side by side.side by side
split your sides (laughing/with laughter)
to laugh a lot at someone or somethingsplit your sidessplit your sides laughing laughtersplit your sidessplit your sides with laughter
to express support for someone in a disagreementShe didn't think it was wise to take sides in their argument.take sides
take/draw someone to one side
to speak to someone in private, especially in order to warn or tell them about somethingtake to one sidedraw to one side
a thorn in someone's side
a person or thing that repeatedly annoys someone or stops them from doing somethinga thorn in side
two sides of the same coin
used to talk about two ways of looking at the same situationtwo sides of the same coin