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English definition of “on/from the sidelines”

on/from the sidelines

If you are on the sidelines or do something from the sidelines, you are not actively involved in something: Our party has been on the political sidelines for too long - we must now work towards getting into power. She could only watch from the sidelines as her brother's health deteriorated.
(Definition of on/from the sidelines from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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