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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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ASIDE, Useid, prep. and adv. [ə′səid]

1. prep.

(1) At, on, or to the side of, alongside of; hence close to, in the neighbourhood of. It is used in these senses in Gen.Sc. like beside in St.Eng.Sh.(D) 1924 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 4:
Ye'll better get in, an tak him aside you.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 366:
They pat beesoms in their beds aside their men.
Ags. 1921 V. Jacob Bonnie Joann 3:
Below the wa's, oot-by Montrose, The tides ca' up an' doon And mony's the gallant mairchantman Lies in aside the toon.
m.Sc. 1998 Lillias Forbes Turning a Fresh Eye 7:
A thae gowden lyrics liggin aside ye, Chris
Yirdit there i the moul wi yer best-loo'ed thochts
wm.Sc. 1998 Alan Warner The Sopranos (1999) 297:
Michelle leaned over an poured the beer into the big plant pot aside her.
Arg. 1995:
Andy, get in aside him!
Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems 115:
Fu' soun' aside auld Brownie's sta' He wad hae sleepet.
Lnk. 1997 Duncan Glen From Upland Man 6:
It's into the lang straucht streetch o the driveway
and roond by the byre, biler-hoose, open sties aside the hen run,
and into the auld fairmyaird wi surroundin stables, bothie,
granary and milkhoose.
w.Dmf. 1908 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (2nd ed.) 52:
I never got ocht frae my grandmither, binna a daud aside the heid.
Uls.(D) 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings by Robin 36:
He left him stanin' doon aside the pig hoose.

(2) In comparison with. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1823 J. G. Lockhart Reg. Dalton III. 107:
A home farm that could stand aside the best o' Berwickshire.
Sc. 1917 D. G. Mitchell Kirk i' the Clachan 33:
She little thocht hoo far He was abune her, an' hoo defile't a cratur she was aside Him!
Ags.(D) 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy xx.:
I windered fat like it was for size aside Gayfield Park.

(3) Not to speak of.Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' ae oo' 8:
In jorums that wid kill a coo, Aside a bairn like me!

2. adv. Close by = beside. Gen.Sc.Abd.(D) 1788 J. Skinner Christmas Bawing in Caled. Mag. (Sept.) 498:
Wha was aside but auld Tam Tull, His frien's mishap he saw.

3. Phrases: (1) Aside yer thoom, (a) of singing: a slow; droning, soughin tune; (b) in semi-darkness. (2) Aside ither, side by side. (3) In aside, along side of.(1) (a) Abd. 1906 J. Christie in Bnff. Jnl. (10 July) 10:
They maistly sang aside their thoom Said auld folk noo awa.
(b) Abd.9 1932:
Workin' aside yer thoom = guiding the working hand (usually the right hand) in the semi-darkness with the thumb of the other hand. Gen. applied to shoemakers.
Bch. 1928 Abd.15:
“I some doot ye're workin' aside yer thoom.” Said when one is found working in semi-darkness or fading light.
(2) Per. 1915 J. Wilson L. Strathearn 106:
Dhay wur suttin useid idhur. (They were sitting side by side. A.)
(3) Mry.2 1932:
He cam' in aside me in the cairt.
Ags. 1920 A. Gray Songs, etc., from Heine 20:
Yet I wad I were in the cauld grave sleepin', Close in aside my deid love creepin'.

[A, pref.1 + side.]

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