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Meaning of “on the side” in the English Dictionary

"on the side" in British English

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on the side

C2 in addition to your main job: He makes a little money on the side by cleaning windows in his spare time.
secretly: I think he has another woman on the side (= a relationship with a woman who is not his wife).
mainly US (of food in a restaurant) served on another plate, or on the side of the plate : I'd like a salad with the dressing on the side (= with the dressing served separately from the salad), please. I'll have a omelette with fries on the side, please.
(Definition of on the side from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the side" in American English

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on the side

in addition: He drives a bus, but he’s a tour guide on the side.
Food that is served on the side is served separate from other food: I’ll have the salad with the dressing on the side.
(Definition of on the side from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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