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on (or from) the sidelines

Definition of on or from the sidelines in English:

In (or from) a position where one is observing a situation but is unable or unwilling to be directly involved in it.
Example sentences
  • A week on the sidelines can do nothing but benefit him and I expect him to come back firing on all cylinders again at Preston.
  • Burnley winger Alan Moore faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery later today.
  • Behaviour such as this on the sidelines by parents and other family members should not be tolerated.
without taking part, without getting involved
See parent entry: sideline
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