ringside seat

Idioms & Phrases

ringside seat

A place providing a close view of something, as in We lived right next door, so we had ringside seats for their quarrels. This term presumably came from boxing, where it denotes the seats just outside the boxing ring. [c. 1860]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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