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beside the point

Tangential or insignificant to the main issue being discussed. I do love the apartment, but that's beside the point because I don't have enough money for a security deposit right now. Your weekend plans are beside the point—let's get back to the topic at hand.
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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

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 ˈpoint

of no importance to the matter being discussed; irrelevant: His political interests are beside the point. All I want to know about him is whether he can do the job properly.
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beside the point

Irrelevant to the matter at hand.
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Reports have it that Koncz, who allegedly filled out the disclosure form during the weigh-in days before the fight, checked the No box beside the question of whether the fighter had a shoulder injury.
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.
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No one is to speak impertinently or beside the question, superfluously or tediously," Jefferson wrote.
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