Definition of sideline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪdlʌɪn/


1An activity done in addition to one’s main job, especially to earn extra income: [as modifier]: a sideline career as a stand-up comic
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  • Adam, who studied engineering product design at South Bank University, does acting work as a sideline to earn money.
  • James installed a darkroom in his Silverstream home and took up professional photography as a sideline to his architecture.
  • The majority of these tenants had a sideline farming activity going for income tax purposes.
secondary occupation, second job, subsidiary;
hobby, leisure activity/pursuit, recreation, diversion, distraction
1.1An auxiliary line of goods or trade: electronic handbooks are a lucrative sideline for the firm
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  • CACI is a fast-growing billion dollar information technology firm with an intriguing sideline in intelligence.
  • That's the concept behind Offshore, a tidy little coffee palace with a neat sideline in furniture sales.
  • If you have already integrated a vegetarian sideline in your food service operation, you are already a step ahead.
2Either of the two lines bounding the longer sides of a football field, basketball court, or similar: Gascoigne celebrated his goal by sprinting to the sidelines
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  • You basically start out at half court, groups of two, and play one on one from the sideline to an imaginary line that divides the court.
  • Folkestone boss Neil Cugley ran on to the pitch to support his players, who surrounded the referee, while a small number of Folkestone fans ran to the sidelines and shouted abuse at the official.
  • Early in the fourth quarter, Holt ran a streak pattern down the left sideline.
2.1 (the sidelines) The area immediately outside such lines as a place for non-players, substitutes, or spectators: a referee collapsed during a match as his son watched from the sidelines
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  • I used to skate when I was a kid, but I still have a love for the sport even if it comes from the sidelines as a spectator.
  • Acclaim's attention to detail has even extended to the sidelines, where team mascots jump about and try to get the animated crowd excited.
  • These actions almost cost their team 15 yards in penalties and the police were called to the sidelines to ensure no further childish antics would occur.
2.2 (the sidelines) A position where one is observing a situation rather than directly involved in it: we are not just watching from the sidelines, we are rolling our sleeves up and getting involved
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  • If you are a parent and you are sitting on the sidelines, you are not to give them any instructions from the sidelines and at no time are you allowed to go on the mat to help instruct your child.
  • It may be unwise to comment trenchantly from the sidelines about a situation O'Neill is observing daily in training.
  • SFU student Karen Parusel is making the journey to Québec City in order to actively participate in the event rather than observe it from the sidelines.
without taking part, without getting involved


[with object]
1Cause (a player) to be unable to play in a team or game: an ankle injury has sidelined him for two weeks
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  • An operation like this typically sidelines a player anywhere from 4-6 weeks.
  • This sort of problem would sideline a current player for at least a month, but Butch played through the pain.
  • The condition is one that often lingers for weeks and could sideline a player for a month or more should the tendon snap.
1.1Remove from the centre of activity or attention; place in a less influential position: backbench MPs have been sidelined and excluded from decision-making
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  • One of the objectives of these meetings was to reshape the top leadership at the Pentagon, sidelining or removing those who were regarded as moderates.
  • However, Jones denied the new structure was aimed at sidelining Bertrand, saying he was being moved into the position to concentrate on the company's refinery upgrade programme.
  • Sources for both companies say Bell was instrumental in getting the deal done, sidelining the lawyers who had failed to agree on a valuation for the joint venture and putting his finance guys out front.

Words that rhyme with sideline

guideline, tideline

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