be on the (something) side

be on the (something) side

To partially have some quality, typically a negative one. An adjective precedes "side." The dress is beautiful, but it's just a little on the expensive side for me. A: "Do you like what you ordered?" B: "It's good, just a little on the salty side."
See also: on, side

be (a bit, a little, etc.) on the ˈcold, ˈsmall, etc. side

(informal) be slightly too cold, small, etc: These boots are a bit on the big side, but they’re quite comfortable.It’s a little on the cold side this morning.
See also: on, side