the area immediately surrounding a ring, especially the area occupied by the first row of seats on all sides of a boxing or wrestling ring.
any place providing a close view.
in or pertaining to the area immediately surrounding a ring or arena.
close to the point of action; having a close view.

1865–75; ring1 + side1

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ringside (ˈrɪŋˌsaɪd)
1.  the area immediately surrounding an arena, esp the row of seats nearest a boxing or wrestling ring
2.  a.  any place affording a close uninterrupted view
 b.  (as modifier): a ringside seat

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Example sentences
She is an acute anecdotalist, sometimes with a ringside seat as history was
  being made.
Photographers have mobbed the court's entrance, and the curious have lined up
  for ringside seats inside.
Surfing around looking for it, afraid to leave my ringside seat at the side of
The seats must provide an unobstructed view for the physician and must be
  boldly identified as the ringside physician seat.
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