be beside the point


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be beside the point

To be tangential or insignificant. I do love the apartment, but that's beside the point because I don't have enough money for a security deposit right now. Your weekend plans are beside the point—let's get back to the topic at hand.
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be beside the point

to be in no way connected to the subject that is being discussed Ian's a nice guy but that's beside the point. He doesn't have the right experience for the job.
See also: beside, point