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be beside the point

To be tangential or insignificant. 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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That is beside the point, the timing of the recent sale was nothing more than an election bribe as many political pundits pointed out.
4 : not relating to <That remark is beside the point.
The issue of how much is "recyclable" and how much is not is beside the point at present.
The immediate response to this argument must be that it is beside the point.
In the end it is beside the point to parse the motives of Winerip's anti-NCLB mania.
The fact that some of the leaders of the party have been Brahmins is beside the point.
Some might argue that her ability to bring Ailey, who died in 1989, back into the theater - holographically or otherwise - is beside the point.
That Robinson is not an angel with the conventional trappings of wings and a halo is beside the point, inconsequential.
What's more, Crawford himself is definitely gay, even though Ferguson insists his character's sexuality is beside the point.