off to the side

*off to the side (with someone)

moving aside with someone to discuss something. (*Typically: get ~; go ~; move ~; Step ~.) I got off with Charles and we discussed the contract. I moved off to the side with the client and explained the offer a little better.
See also: off, side, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It struck forty feet away from me, off to the side. And they took only the dead out of it.
Just before the ladder crashed to the deck, I bailed off to the side. I suffered a few bruises but no broken bones.
Zigic, with a big grin on his face, shooed at him: "Go away.'' The spooked cameraman veered off to the side and kept his distance.
This was to be a gift for me, a most loving gift all on its own, but not only did my family all gather, arranging their various work schedules to make the picture happen, they moved me and my wheelchair to the picture location along with an easy chair for me to sit in, so I would be part of the picture and not off to the side in a wheelchair.
The law dates back to a time when people were supposed to turn their parking lights on only if they pulled off to the side of the road.
After my first two tanks I was beaming like a proud father; proud of the sweet smell of my exhaust early in the morning and the ability to drive past the rest of the pack and use the shiny new yellow pump off to the side, where onlookers seemed to marvel at the guy using the "new" fuel.
The second-best option is to ride off to the side of the lead boat, on what is called the bow wave.
The glove hand remains in front of the face to help keep the head still and the shoulders at 180 degrees and facing the target (linear) not falling off to the side.
In the group work, heads heaved wildly off to the side, the rest of the body dragging along.
Investigators tracked down Williams after he pulled off to the side of the road and flagged down passing motorists.
As it is pushed along the ground, the Trail Blazer clears a 21" wide path down to the pavement in just one pass by forcing the snow off to the side with the auger's turning action.
The breakdown in the faith since Vatican II is everywhere; the tabernacle has been put off to the side; the saints thrown out; nuns throwing off the habit; priests cannot get their Roman collar off fast enough to join the ordinary people; priests' vestments no longer reflect the symbols founded by the Saints and Martyrs; church attendance has fallen to about half.
Grief, 2002, comprising brown, orange, and yellow parallelograms, hovers just off to the side somewhat more diffidently.
I imagined visiting her on the set, sitting off to the side, holding Chas on my lap, nodding to the beat as she belted out "Dark Lady" or "Half Breed."
As you'll see, Word XP displays revisions off to the side of the document so the original is not obscured.