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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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But that is beside the point. I want to appreciate what our sponsors SportPesa are doing.
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. The point is, "What hath God said?" (Gen 3:1) Does God approve of and bless same-sex sexual acts, or does he condemn and punish them?
But this is beside the point here, for our question concerns the Lord's law on same-sex sexual acts.
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. Both the state's first chief minister, the late E.M.S Namboodiripaad, and the current leader, Nayanar, come from wealthy families and could have led privileged lives, but they opted out.
That Robinson is not an angel with the conventional trappings of wings and a halo is beside the point, inconsequential.
Ferguson, Gervasi, director Kevin Allen, and producer Philip Rose--all of whom are straight--banded together and sold the studio on a picture they pitched as "Rocky with curlers." What's more, Crawford himself is definitely gay, even though Ferguson insists his character's sexuality is beside the point.
The amount of the cash is beside the point, however.