Definition of onside in English:


Line breaks: on¦side
Pronunciation: /ɒnˈsʌɪd
, ˈɒnsʌɪd

adjective& adverb

1(Of a player, especially in soccer, rugby, or hockey) occupying a position where playing the ball or puck is allowed; not offside: [as adjective]: an onside position [as adverb]: he was trying to get back onside, but Williams shoved him
More example sentences
  • The strike was ruled out for offside but television pictures later confirmed the Arsenal player had received the ball in an onside position.
  • As the kick was about to be taken the two designated players then ran back into onside positions to await any ‘bits and pieces’ that might develop.
  • Few people can say that they really understand the change that permits a player to stand in an offside position at the start of a move and then be in an onside position to score at its climax.
2 informal In or into a position of agreement: [as adverb]: the assurances helped bring officials onside
More example sentences
  • The traditional method of using a year - end injection of additional equity to cause a company to come onside with respect to the existing thin cap rules will not have the same impact once the new rules are in effect.
  • Nevertheless it should come as no surprise that our Tool Of the Week wants to get onside with tradespeople, after all, a once over of his policies shows that there's a screw loose in there somewhere.
  • This was an advancement aided substantially by the often sizeable retirement bonus with which nervous emperors made further attempts to keep the military caste onside.

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