Find the word definition

Crossword clues for sideline

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He would remain on the sidelines, and do some more work if and when they were ready to launch the paper.
▪ The arena of politics is where contestants clash like opposing teams, and we remain on the sidelines watching.
▪ Such fears and bigotry have remained on the sidelines this year, as the collapse of Pat Buchanan's campaign happily demonstrates.
▪ Louise, sickly, had been obliged to sit on the sidelines: she would join in.
▪ Now, McCain sits on the sideline and watches another Republican come to Arizona to live his dream.
▪ But I wasn't prepared to sit patiently on the sidelines while this process took place.
▪ Exhausted, you remove your green glove and sit on the sidelines.
▪ The less attractive males, however, do not just sit on the sidelines.
▪ The Ducks sit on the sidelines looking uncomfortable, like children at a grown-up party, wondering when they can go home.
▪ Hot Pursuits Stop sitting on the sidelines and get involved.
▪ They really want to play; just sitting on the sidelines is not enough.
▪ But how is it that the individuals most knowledgeable about markets can resign themselves to sitting on the sidelines?
▪ These must be weighed against the risks in standing on the sidelines.
▪ Jody is standing on the sidelines watching the visitors go through their drills.
▪ In a kind of distracted daze, she stood on the sidelines as the police arrived and started asking questions.
▪ Jody stands on the sidelines, weary and pale.
▪ Red lopes past Jody, who is standing by the sidelines with her arms crossed tightly against her chest.
▪ When Sandie stands behind the sidelines to in-bound a ball, she looks over at the Oregon bench.
▪ He stood on the sideline, shouting at teammates seated in front of him, cursing the Raiders' dismal state.
▪ She stands on the sidelines for a moment watching the warm-up, then about-faces and marches back to the locker room.
▪ Some folk may be tempted to stay on the sidelines and keep cash in the bank or building society.
▪ Rooney stays away from the sideline, the locker room, and the headlines.
▪ Many dealers were content to stay on the sidelines until the publication of April trade figures later in the day.
▪ And so we stay on the sidelines, ceding the field to the bull-headed.
▪ And they watched from the sidelines as Mr and Mrs Grierson between them brought up the baby, Carla.
▪ Jody watches from the sidelines and relaxes.
▪ Alyssia watched from the sidelines, feeling like a fish out of water, watching Piers from under her lashes.
▪ And she watched from the sidelines as his marriage dissolved and became scandal fodder.
▪ Not always content to watch from the sidelines, some of them have joined in with their more confident brand of anti-lesbianism.
▪ She watches from the sidelines as the girls run through their drills.
▪ I watched from the sidelines with increasing incredulity.
▪ He felt more vulnerable outside, running around with the other kids, with only one adult watching from the sidelines.
▪ I sometimes take wedding photographs on Saturdays -- it's a nice little sideline and it gives me a bit of extra cash.
▪ Over his 25-year career, recording has been a sideline to performing.
▪ Tracy intended to run the seed business as a sideline, but it soon became her full-time job.
▪ A bad tendon strain in Aldaniti's off-foreleg had to be fired, and he was on the sidelines for eighteen months.
▪ Alyssia watched from the sidelines, feeling like a fish out of water, watching Piers from under her lashes.
▪ And with what confidence we lured the hesitant from the sidelines.
▪ Many of these doctors offer weight-loss programs as a sideline to their regular practices of stitching up fingers and diagnosing strep throat.
▪ On the other hand, fitting the SIMMs themselves is a lucrative sideline.
▪ The Raiders made theirs on the sideline watching Testaverde realize that he just might be able to win this darn thing.
▪ These must be weighed against the risks in standing on the sidelines.
▪ They throw to the backs so often in the flat that their field tilts toward the sidelines.
▪ Horn will be sidelined for three weeks by a sprained ankle.
▪ And coach John Monie let Joe Lydon undergo a twice-postponed knee operation, which will sideline him for up to three weeks.
▪ Fullback Marty Roebuck could also miss out as an ankle operation is likely to sideline him for six to seven weeks.
▪ It will sideline the talented right-back for up to six weeks.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sideline \Sideline\, Side line \Side line\

    1. A line pertaining or attached to the side of a thing.

    2. Specif., a line for hobbling an animal by connecting the fore and the hind feet of the same side.

    1. A line of goods sold in addition to one's principal articles of trade; a course of business pursued aside from one's regular occupation.

    2. A secondary road; esp., a byroad at right angles to a main road. [Canada]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also side-line, "line on the side of a fish," 1768; "lines marking the limits of playing area" (on a football field, etc.), 1862, from side (adj.) + line (q.v.). Meaning "course of business aside from one's regular occupation" is from 1890. Railway sense is from 1890. The figurative sense of "position removed from active participation" is attested from 1934 (from the railway sense or from sports, because players who are not in the game stand along the sidelines). The verb meaning "put out of play" is from 1945. Related: Sidelined; sidelining.


n. 1 A line at the side of something. 2 (context sports English) A line defining the side boundary of a playing field. 3 (context usually in the plural English) The area outside the playing field beyond each sideline. 4 The outside or perimeter of any activity. 5 Something that is additional or extra or that exists around the edges or margins of a main item. 6 A line for hobble an animal by connecting the fore and the hind feet of the same side. 7 (cx Canada English) A secondary road, especially a byroad at right angles to a main road. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To place on the sidelines; to bench or to keep someone out of play. 2 (context transitive English) To remove or keep out of circulation.

  1. n. a line that marks the side boundary of a playing field [syn: out of bounds]

  2. an auxiliary line of merchandise

  3. an auxiliary activity [syn: avocation, by-line, hobby, spare-time activity]


Sideline may refer to:

  • Extended side, the geometric line that contains the side of a triangle
  • Sideline, a secondary job that someone works part-time in addition to a job they consider their main occupation
  • Sidelines, lines that mark the outer boundaries of a sports field
  • Sideline reporter, sports term
  • " Sideline Ho," song by Monica

Usage examples of "sideline".

Jesus on the sidelines, antigay conservatives looking for confirmation in the New Testament are stuck with St.

Wood, who was also Keeper of the Capital Prison, had a sideline as a counterfeiting expert, bagging boodlers for the federal bounty money.

The Browns might have had a profitable sideline in murder, theft, and slavery, but their chief income lay in trade with the Indians.

It could be Eduardo de Santos, who works as head cutter for Hall Jewelry International and, if street gossip is true, has a nice little sideline reworking stolen gems passed to him by his extended family.

His reading glasses are rectangular, court-shaped, the sidelines at top and bottom.

For a while he sat on the sidelines taking it in, but their very equanimity and easy humor began to get at him.

By the late 1950s, cybernetics was being superseded by the specialized technical fields and subdisciplines it had spawned, and Wiener himself wound up on the sidelines of his own revolution.

Harry was wringing his hands and shouting warnings from the sidelines, and the oversized trouper, Tor, had two of the other townies by their collars.

One of my sidelines in this office is to see if any of the drug cartels are trying to expand into this money transfer business.

Nevertheless, when the cloning party had filed into the OR, it was Mustafa and his cluttering fellows who had been relegated to the sidelines along with the circulating nurses and standby technicians, while Hamid-Jones had been assigned to stand with ig-Gabal in the place of honor at the surgical interface, though there was nothing, really, for him to do.

There was one sprawling freeforall, which the coaches allowed to continue for about five minutes, standing on the sidelines looking pleasantly bored as we kicked each other in the shins and threw dumb rights and lefts at caged faces, the more impulsive taking off their helmets and swinging them at anything that moved.

It turns out that in the last few months our banker has developed a little sideline of his own, faking some of this art, then selling both the original and the fake.

Now he did a roaring trade in snappers and groupers cooked to order at outrageous fees, with a flourishing sideline in fresh fish sales to the neighborhood each morning.

Then his luck changed and, like many before and since, he was shunted to the sidelines at age fifty-six, informed that his days of big responsibility were over and given the choice of early retirement or a minor, makework post.

He took one look at my face and brushed rudely past the maskers to get me on the safe, uncrowded sidelines.