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offside

[awf-sahyd, of-] /ˈɔfˈsaɪd, ˈɒf-/
adjective, adverb
1.
Sports. illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or in advance of the ball or puck at the beginning of or during play or a play:
The touchdown was nullified because the offensive left tackle was offside.
2.
with or in doubtful propriety or taste; risqué:
an offside joke.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; off + side1
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Examples from the web for offside
  • No howler by the keeper, no muffed offside call, no melodramatic dive to set it all up with an unjustified free kick.
  • The blue line is the offside line when entering the zone.
  • After recovery, the zirconium was then packaged and sold to various offside vendors without testing for radioactive contamination.
  • offside unfavorably located, from the point of view of the player taking a finesse.
British Dictionary definitions for offside

offside

/ˈɒfˈsaɪd/
adjective, adverb
1.
(sport) (in football, hockey, etc) in a position illegally ahead of the ball or puck when it is played, usually when within one's opponents' half or the attacking zone
noun
2.
(mainly Brit) the offside
  1. the side of a vehicle nearest the centre of the road (in Britain, the right side)
  2. (as modifier): the offside passenger door
Compare nearside
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for offside

also off-side, 1867, in various sporting senses, originally in English football; from off + side (n.).

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