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beside the cushion
Unimportant. A digression. Oh, that's beside the cushion. Let's get back to the main topic.
be beside (oneself)
To be very emotional, especially shocked or distraught. I was beside myself when I found out I'd been rejected from my first-choice school. Honestly, we've all been beside ourselves since the funeral.
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.
Very shocked or distraught. I was beside myself when I found out I'd been rejected from my first-choice school. Honestly, we've all been beside ourselves since the funeral.
beside the point
Tangential or insignificant to the main issue being discussed. 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.
a black mark beside (one's) name
A long-lasting negative impact of a mistake. Jerry's speeding ticket was a black mark beside his name that prevented him from getting a job as a delivery man.
beside oneself (with something)
Fig. in an extreme state of some emotion. I was beside myself with joy. Sarah could not speak. She was beside herself with anger.
beside the pointand beside the question
irrelevant; of no importance. That's very interesting, but beside the point. That's beside the point. You're evading the issue.
*black mark beside one's name
Fig. something negative associated with a person. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) I did it again! Now I've got still another black mark beside my name!
pale beside someone or something
Fig. to appear to be weak or unimportant when compared to someone or something. He is competent, but he pales beside Fran. My meager effort pales beside your masterpiece.
set something beside something
to place something near or next to something. Please set the chair beside the window. I set the suitcase beside the door so I would not forget it.
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 yourselfovercome with worry, grief, or anger; distraught.
beˈside yourself (with something)unable to control yourself because of the strength of emotion you are feeling: He was beside himself with rage when he found out what she’d done.
ˈpale beside/next to something,
ˈpale in/by comparison (with/to something),
ˈpale into insignificanceseem less important when compared with something else: Last year’s riots pale in comparison with this latest outburst of violence.
beside the ˈpointof no importance to the matter being discussed; irrelevant: His political interests are beside the point. All I want to know about him is whether he can do the job properly.
In a state of extreme excitement or agitation: They were beside themselves with glee.
beside the mark
Beside the point; irrelevant.
beside the point
Irrelevant to the matter at hand.