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ringside

[ring-sahyd] /ˈrɪŋˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any place providing a close view.
adjective
3.
in or pertaining to the area immediately surrounding a ring or arena.
4.
close to the point of action; having a close view.
Origin
1865-1875
1865-75; ring1 + side1
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Examples from the web for ringside
  • 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 history.
  • The seats must provide an unobstructed view for the physician and must be boldly identified as the ringside physician seat.
  • Creating a sense of immediacy, three rows of spectators block off our view, and the ringside ropes loom overhead.
  • The ringside physician and commission may recommend longer rest periods.
British Dictionary definitions for ringside

ringside

/ˈrɪŋˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
the area immediately surrounding an arena, esp the row of seats nearest a boxing or wrestling ring
2.
  1. any place affording a close uninterrupted view
  2. (as modifier): a ringside seat
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Word Origin and History for ringside
n.

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

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