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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References in classic literature ?
That is quite beside the question, Brentwood," Bertie drawled.
Asked if Ashley's behaviour was continuing, she replied "Yes" - but left a blank beside the question of whether it had affected her health.
Asked if the respondent's behaviour was continuing, she replied "yes", but she left a blank beside the question of whether she considered it had affected her health.
Gangster's son Ewan Murdoch (Chris Brazier) is seen in a dark suit clutching a red rose in his bloody hand beside the question 'Good looks, Charming manner, Ruthless thug?
No one is to speak impertinently or beside the question, superfluously or tediously," Jefferson wrote.
org/members) and click the "Yes" button beside the question, "Would you like to receive an online ballot for association voting rather than a printed ballot?