Definition of offside in English:

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adjective& adverb

Pronunciation: /ɒfˈsʌɪd/
(Of a player in some sports) occupying a position on the field where playing the ball or puck is not allowed, especially (in soccer) in the attacking half ahead of the ball and having fewer than two defenders nearer the goal line at the moment the ball is played: [as adverb]: the attacker looked offside by several yards figurative his radicalism caught him offside with the law
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  • They managed it by surviving the first scrum and forcing their opponents offside, allowing O'Gara to kick them ahead from short range.
  • As coach, he dragged players who ignored his leads, even if they were kicking goals, and put many players offside.
  • I thought both times they had players offside and the officials felt the same.


1The fact or an instance of being offside in soccer, rugby, etc. the goal was disallowed for offside
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  • They'd start shouting for offsides or a penalty claim.
  • This sluggish play up front was emphasised by the large number of unnecessary offsides given.
  • Threats to sue the Football League and create a new competition with no offsides or draws were just farcical.
2 (usually the off side) British The side of a vehicle furthest from the kerb (in Britain, the right): [as modifier]: the rear offside wheel Compare with nearside. See also off side at off (sense 1 of the noun).
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  • The black paintwork of this car was in very good condition, the only marks being a small scuff on the rear bumper plus a slight dent on the off side rear wheel arch.
  • When the vehicle came to a stop they saw the front off side wheel was at ninety degrees to the other.
  • He had been driving along the A350 towards Melksham when his car collided with the offside of a yellow goods vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.
2.1The right side of a horse.
Example sentences
  • If the ball is at the middle of the horse, hitting on the off side, your left shoulder needs to be brought toward the ball, allowing your shoulder, elbow or wrist to drop over it.
  • He guided the horse around and took a closer look at the off side of his mount.

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