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beside

[bih-sahyd] /bɪˈsaɪd/
preposition
1.
by or at the side of; near:
Sit down beside me.
2.
compared with:
Beside him other writers seem amateurish.
3.
apart from; not connected with:
beside the point; beside the question.
4.
besides (defs 4, 5).
adverb
5.
along the side of something:
The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.
6.
besides (def 2).
Idioms
7.
beside oneself, almost out of one's senses from a strong emotion, as from joy, delight, anger, fear, or grief:
He was beside himself with rage when the train left without him.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; earlier bi-siden, Old English bī sīdan, be sīdan; see be-, side
Can be confused
beside, besides (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
For the prepositional meanings “over and above, in addition to” and “except” besides is preferred, especially in edited writing: Besides these honors he received a sum of money. We heard no other sound besides the breaking surf. However, beside sometimes occurs with these meanings as well.
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British Dictionary definitions for be side oneself

beside

/bɪˈsaɪd/
preposition
1.
next to; at, by, or to the side of
2.
as compared with
3.
away from; wide of: beside the point
4.
(archaic) besides
5.
beside oneself, (postpositive) often foll by with. overwhelmed; overwrought: beside oneself with grief
adverb
6.
at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone
Word Origin
Old English be sīdan; see by, side
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Word Origin and History for be side oneself

beside

prep.

Old English be sidan "by the side of" (only as two words), from be- + sidan dative of side (n.). By 1200, formed as one word and used as both adverb and preposition. The alternative Middle English meaning "outside" led to the sense preserved in beside oneself "out of one's wits" (late 15c.).

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