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[ring-sahyd] /ˈrɪŋˌsaɪd/
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.
Origin of ringside
1865-75; ring1 + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His account of a major boxing contest is the next best thing to having a ringside seat.

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  • “I should advise you in any case to go to the ringside,” said Craven.

    Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He looked over at Milt, perched rope-high in his control chair at ringside.

    Vital Ingredient Gerald Vance
  • But I can make other arrangements; I can give you as good as ringside seats for each performance.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • Down near the ringside was the pit, or podium, and that was the choice place.

    The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine
  • As he neared the clown, who stood on a big blue barrel close to the ringside, Puss gathered himself together for the jump.

British Dictionary definitions for ringside


the area immediately surrounding an arena, esp the row of seats nearest a boxing or wrestling ring
  1. any place affording a close uninterrupted view
  2. (as modifier): a ringside seat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ringside

also ring-side, 1855, from ring (n.1) in the "space for fighting" sense + side (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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