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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 ​yourmainjob: He makes a little ​money on the side by ​cleaningwindows in his ​sparetime. 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 ​dressingservedseparately 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 ​tourguide on the side. Food that is ​served on the side is ​servedseparate 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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