Definition of sideline in English:


Syllabification: side·line
Pronunciation: /ˈsīdˌlīn


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; hobby, leisure activity/pursuit, recreation
1.1An auxiliary line of goods or business: 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.
2 (usually sidelines) Either of the two lines bounding the longer sides of a football field, basketball court, tennis court, or similar playing area.
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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.
2.1The area immediately outside either sideline as a place for nonplayers, substitutes, or spectators: his son watched from the sidelines See also on the sidelines below.
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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.


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1Cause (a player) to be unable to play on a team or in a game: he has been sidelined for the last six weeks with a fractured wrist
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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.
remove, take out, bench
1.1Remove from the center of activity or attention; place in a less influential position: a respected lawyer will be sidelined by alcohol abuse
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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.


on (or from) the sidelines

In (or from) a position where one is observing a situation but is unable or unwilling to be directly involved in it.
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  • 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

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