beside the point


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beside the point

 and 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.
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beside the point

not important I can't think of anything that he and I agree on, but that's beside the point. Opposite of: to the point
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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.
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beside the point

Irrelevant to the matter at hand.
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The psycho-emotional relationship in which it may take place is simply beside the point.
However they got to this position is beside the point.
Since the late 1960s, black America has assumed that individual initiative is largely beside the point until all racism, even in its most subtle forms, has disappeared.
Some of those pilots who don't want to work may in fact be faking illness, but that's beside the point.
That Robinson is not an angel with the conventional trappings of wings and a halo is beside the point, inconsequential.
And whether the chaplain would receive public funds is beside the point," Lynn added.
A very small percentage, I suspect, but that is almost beside the point because all the students are encouraged to foster personal qualities that can last a lifetime: discipline, focus, responsibility, coordination, confidence, a strong sense of self.
Thus, to an agency person writing an environmental impact statement today, what NEPA said 20 years ago is almost beside the point.
It is beside the point whether the product and process technologies and management techniques exist in every industry to mass produce customized goods and services.
Even if he's right--and it's debatable--his argument is beside the point," counters biologist Edward Groth III, of Consumers Union.
And the fact that it comes out squeaking like an animal is beside the point.
Into the Status-Sphere" (page 48) takes California critic Caroline Bates to The Ivy, in Los Angeles, the perennial celebrity spot where "Hollywood insiders play the game and outsiders come to watch their moves," says Bates, and food is beside the point.
That is beside the point, the timing of the recent sale was nothing more than an election bribe as many political pundits pointed out.
The fact that we only actually converted one is beside the point.
The fact that most voters would probably want to see a Labour-Plaid coalition running the Welsh Assembly Government is beside the point to them.