as an aside

as an aside

1. A phrase that prefaces a comment indirectly related to the topic being discussed. Today we will be discussing the electoral college, but, as an aside, did anyone see the debate last night?
2. Said quietly to certain people, not an entire group. "Wow, the lead sure needs acting lessons," my mother muttered as an aside when intermission began.
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as an aside

[said] as a comment that is not supposed to be heard by everyone. At the wedding, Tom said as an aside, "The bride doesn't look well." At the ballet, Billy said as an aside to his mother, "I hope the dancers fall off the stage!"
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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