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[on-sahyd, awn-] /ˈɒnˈsaɪd, ˈɔn-/
adjective, adverb, Sports.
not offside; being within the prescribed line or area at the beginning of or during play or a play.
Origin of onside
1840-50; on + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for onside
  • Governments may thus find their political decisions driven by the need to keep markets onside.
  • The key is for the people to get the military onside.
  • Keeping public opinion onside was critical, although it was an area where the authorities could have done better.
  • The last lines struck me as a disclaimer, designed to get the author back onside with politics.
  • It will ship with several new features, including surprise onside kicks.
  • onside favorably located, from the point of view of the player taking a finesse.
British Dictionary definitions for onside


adjective, adverb
(sport) (of a player) in a legal position, as when behind the ball or with a required number of opponents between oneself and the opposing team's goal line
taking one's part or side; working towards the same goal (esp in the phrase get someone onside) Compare offside
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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