Definition of this side of in English:

this side of

  • 1Before (a particular time, date, or event): this side of midnight
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    • If everyone reading this downloads just three tracks each, we can prevent her from releasing anything this side of 2015.
    • She reckons she has another three novels in her, so anyone who expects another this side of 2010 should probably lay off the codeine.
    • Half of the next album is written and parts of it are already in demo form, so expect new material sometime this side of 2005.
  • 1.1Yet to reach (a particular age): I’m this side of forty-five
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    • The journey of our life is hopefully towards perfection, and we don't reach it this side of death of course, but the quest is there.
    • An obscure Sri Lankan had shoved aside three of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, the wonder carried in the voice of an Indian just this side of 70.
    • I am not the first person this side of thirty to work here, nor do I expect to be the last.
  • 2 informal Used in superlative expressions to denote that something is comparable with a paragon or model of its kind: the finest coffee this side of Brazil
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    • This place has the best coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries this side of the Rocky Mountains.
    • It serves the other best coffee I have ever had this side of the Mediterranean.
    • I remember one time I stole a kiss in the back orchard - they've got the largest plot of land this side of anywhere.
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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody