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Meaning of “sideline” in the English Dictionary

"sideline" in British English

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sidelinenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsaɪd.laɪn/
  • sideline noun [C] (JOB)

an ​activity that you do as well as ​yourmainjob: Jim ​works in a ​bank, but ​teachesFrench in the ​evenings as a sideline.

sidelineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsaɪd.laɪn/
If a ​sportsplayer is sidelined they are ​prevented from ​playing or ​competing, and can only ​watch: Johnson has been sidelined through ​injury. to ​stop someone taking an ​active and ​importantpart in something: He was sidelined after ​criticizing the ​policy.
(Definition of sideline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sideline" in American English

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sidelinenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɑɪdˌlɑɪn/
  • sideline noun [C] (ACTIVITY)

an ​activity that is less ​important than the ​main one: Jean ​teachesFrench in the ​evening as a sideline.
  • sideline noun [C] (MARK ON GROUND)

(in some ​sports, esp. ​football) a ​linemarking the ​side of the ​area of ​play: The ​ballfell just ​outside the sideline. fig. I don’t like ​dancing, I’d ​ratherwatch from the sidelines (= not to be ​directlyinvolved).

sidelineverb [T]

 us   /ˈsɑɪdˌlɑɪn/
  • sideline verb [T] (REMOVE PLAYER)

to ​remove a ​player from a ​game: He was sidelined because of ​injuries.
(Definition of sideline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sideline" in Business English

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sidelinenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsaɪdlaɪn/
a ​businessactivity that someone does in ​addition to their ​mainbusiness: For many ​companies, ​producing own-label ​goods is not a sideline, it's a ​strategy for ​growth.a sideline in sth The ​company has been ​developing a sideline in closed-circuit ​television since ​buying the ​electronicsbusiness last ​year.
on the sidelines not being used or not involved in an ​activity: The ​absence of new ​products is keepingconsumers on the sidelines. stay/wait/sit on the sidelines

sidelineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsaɪdlaɪn/
to ​force someone or something into a ​situation in which they have less ​influence or ​importance than before: After I got pregnant, I ​felt that my ​bosses were sidelining me. The ​oilindustry would be very unhappy if this ​legislation was sidelined.
(Definition of sideline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sideline”
in Chinese (Simplified) 工作, 副业,兼职工作…
in Turkish ek uğraş, ikinci iş…
in Russian побочная работа…
in Chinese (Traditional) 工作, 副業,兼職工作…
in Polish dodatkowe zajęcie…
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