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offside

adjective uk   mainly UK

offside adjective (IN SPORTS)

uk   /ˌɒfˈsaɪd/  us   /ˌɑːf-/ (US also offsides,  us   /ˌɑːfˈsaɪdz/ uk   ) (in particular sports, especially football and hockey) in a position that is not allowed by the rules of the game, often in front of the ball

offside adjective (OF VEHICLE)

uk   /ˈɒf.saɪd/  us   /ˈɑːf-/ [before noun] on or relating to the side of a vehicle that is furthest from the edge of the road and closest to the centre of the road when you are driving: The offside rear wheel needs replacing.
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offside

noun uk   /ˌɒfˈsaɪd/  us   /ˌɑːf-/

offside noun (IN SPORTS)

[U] in sports such as football, an occasion when a player is offside: Coventry had a goal disallowed for offside.
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offside noun (VEHICLE/ROAD)

the offside uk   /ðiˈɒf.saɪd/  us   /ðiˈɑːf-/ [S] the side of a vehicle that is furthest from the edge of the road and closest to the centre of the road when you are driving, i.e. (in the UK) the right side: The car was scraped all along the offside.
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