by or at the side of; near:
Sit down beside me.
Beside him other writers seem amateurish.
apart from; not connected with:
beside the point; beside the question.
besides (defs 4, 5).
along the side of something:
The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.
besides (def 2).
beside oneself, almost out of one’s senses from a strong emotion, as from joy, delight, anger, fear, or grief:
He was beside himself with rage when the train left without him.
next to; at, by, or to the side of
as compared with
away from; wide of: beside the point
beside oneself, (postpositive) often foll by with. overwhelmed; overwrought: beside oneself with grief
at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone
In a state of extreme agitation or excitement, as in She was beside herself when she found she’d lost her ring, or Peter was beside himself with joy—he’d won the poetry award. This phrase appears in the New Testament (Acts 26:24): “Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning makes thee mad.” [ Late 1400s ]
- Beside the point
Also, beside the mark or question . Irrelevant, off the subject. For example, Whether you had insurance is beside the point; the accident is your fault . These terms came into common use in the mid-1800s. Also see neither here nor there
- Beside the mark
a visible impression or trace on something, as a line, cut, dent, stain, or bruise: a small mark on his arm. a badge, brand, or other visible sign assumed or imposed: a mark of his noble rank. a symbol used in writing or printing: a punctuation mark. a sign, usually an X or cross, made […]
to lay siege to. to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround: Vacationers besieged the travel office. to assail or ply, as with requests or demands. Contemporary Examples Old Problems and New Realities Ahmed Moor November 21, 2012 Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights October 29, […]
to lay siege to. to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround: Vacationers besieged the travel office. to assail or ply, as with requests or demands. Historical Examples T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories Robert Barr In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories Robert Barr In a Steamer Chair and […]