not leave (one's) side

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not leave (one's) side

1. To remain in one's company indefinitely or for an extended period of time, especially to provide them with care. His parents didn't leave his side for the whole time he was in the hospital. Whenever our kids get sick, they never let us leave their side.
2. To remain married to and supportive of one, especially during and/or after some trouble or hardship. He did not leave my side, even though I'd squandered our life savings on a get-rich-quick scheme. The senator's wife today reiterated that she wouldn't leave her husband's side amid the scandal.
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not leave somebody’s ˈside

stay with somebody, especially in order to take care of them: While he was in hospital she didn’t leave his side for more than a couple of hours at a time.
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Either because the children saw that their mother was fond of this aunt, or that they felt a special charm in her themselves, the two elder ones, and the younger following their lead, as children so often do, had clung about their new aunt since before dinner, and would not leave her side.
It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably for her," reported HESC in an official statement.
The nurse promised me she would not leave her side.
The 28-year-old had a spring in her step at the after-show bash for her fab show Fat Pig on Monday night, maybe because her rugby hunk Danny Cipriani would not leave her side.
Gaby's mum Sandra Cooling has promised her daughter she will not leave her side.
Kiara spent hours with my mother when she became ill and at the end did not leave her side for three days," said Melanie.
But the video sleeves that would not leave her side in case a picture was taken minus her "product" were a constant reminder we were talking fitness.
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