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this side of

1. Just short or shy of; nearly or verging on. While the governor's actions are this side of criminal, voters are demanding he nevertheless resign in the wake of the scandal.
2. Immediately before or prior (a given time, date, age, etc.). It will be this side of midnight by the time we get home. The mother of two was just this side of thirty when she was killed by cancer.
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this side of (something)

Nearly; verging on; just short of. He's this side of 40, and he still doesn't have a proper job. What has he been doing with his life? They specialize in tax arrangements that are this side of illegal.
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this side of

Short of, before, as in I think she's still this side of forty, or I doubt they'll arrive this side of noon. [First half of 1400s]
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this side of...

before a particular time, event, age, etc: They aren’t likely to arrive this side of midnight.
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this side of

Informal
Verging on; short of: shady deals that were just this side of criminal.
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