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English definition of “offside”


adjective (IN SPORTS)      /ˌɒfˈsaɪd/ US  /ˌɑːf-/ mainly UK (US also offsides,   US  /ˌɑːfˈsaɪdz/   )
(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 ballGeneral terms used in ball sports
(Definition of offside adjective (IN SPORTS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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