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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I thought perhaps Jill would hunt with my son, but Jill would not leave my side, forsaking hunting altogether so she could keep an eye on the younger dog.
In the days when I was part of the opposition, even though it was detrimental to his career to be close to me, Alan did not leave my side.
From being a confident, self assured little boy, Sam is now insecure, will not leave my side nor sleep in his own bed and constantly cries for his Daddy.
Allah did not leave my side and it is the blessings of my elders that I came out of the crash unscathed.
The little man will not leave my side, determined to see I have no more mishaps on his watch.
They did not leave my side until I had bought my meal and then I was escorted outside.
She said she was going to sit here every day and not leave my side.
I would not trade her for the world, but when we go into the field for pheasant hunting she will not leave my side.
He stayed for five months and for the first three weeks did not leave my side.
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