on the side

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

on the side

  1. Separate from the main course of a meal.
    • 1945 June 4, Robert De Roos, “San Francisco Chef”, in Life, page 56:
      Shish kebab is skewered lamb with rice on the side.
    • 2004, Frédéric Couton, The Cannery Seafood House Cookbook, →ISBN, page 77:
      Stir sage and the remaining unsalted butter into the sauce and serve it in a bowl on the side.
  2. Supplementary or in addition to one's usual job or income.
    • 1979 November 1, “Beef up your job to beat inflation”, in Kipplinger's Personal Finance[1], page 10:
      You don't want to jeopardize your primary source of income or any savings you've socked away in your effort to boost your earnings on the side.
  3. Additional, surreptitious; often with a connotation of dishonesty, illegality or adultery.
    • 2009, Carl Weber, Up to No Good, →ISBN, page 158:
      I shouted to make sure she knew that I wasn't just some ho on the side. If anyone was on the side, it was her.


Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.