- A line at the side of something.
- the yellow sideline of the road
- (sports) A line defining the side boundary of a playing field.
- (usually in the plural) The area outside the playing field beyond each sideline.
- The coach stood on the sidelines and bellowed commands at the team.
- The outside or perimeter of any activity.
- She installed the whole fixture while he simply watched from the sidelines.
- Something that is additional or extra or that exists around the edges or margins of a main item.
- She started the business as a sideline to her regular work and it ended up becoming the greater source of income.
- Soup need not be just a sideline to a meal; if you like, it can be the main course.
- A line for hobbling an animal by connecting the fore and the hind feet of the same side.
- (Canada) A secondary road, especially a byroad at right angles to a main road.
line at the side
sports: side boundary of a playing field
something additional or existing around the margins
- (sports, transitive) To place on the sidelines; to bench or to keep someone out of play.
- The coach sidelined the player until he regained his strength.
2018 November 14, Phil McNulty, “England 0-0 Brazil”, in BBC News:
- Gomez got his chance with Gary Cahill sidelined and took it superbly with an assured performance as part of a three-man defence Southgate now looks certain to use at the World Cup.
- (transitive) To remove or keep out of circulation or out of the focus.
- The illness sidelined him for weeks.
2017 August 13, Brandon Nowalk, “Oldtown offers one last game-changing secret as Game Of Thrones goes behind enemy lines (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- Subplots that might have been fun to explore were relegated or eventually sidelined altogether in the case of characters like Gendry, who disappeared for years and finally resurfaces as a blacksmith in King’s Landing, literally waiting for the call to his hero’s journey.