alongside of


[uh-lawng-sahyd, uh-long-]
along, by, at, or to the side of something: We brought the boat alongside.
beside; by the side of: The dog ran alongside me all the way.
Informal. alongside of, compared with: Alongside of his brother, he is no student at all.

1700–10; along + side1 Unabridged
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alongside (əˈlɒŋˌsaɪd)
1.  (often foll by of) along the side of; along beside: alongside the quay
2.  along the side of some specified thing: come alongside

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Word Origin & History

1707, from along + side. A word formed from a phrase. Originally mostly nautical.
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Idioms & Phrases

alongside of

  1. Beside, next to, as in Tom's canoe lay alongside of mine. [Late 1700s]

  2. Together with, as in Her children played alongside of mine all summer long. [Late 1700s]

  3. Compared to, as in My car doesn't look like much alongside of Dad's. [Colloquial; late 1800s]

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