side issue

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side issue

A topic related to, but less important than, the subject currently being discussed or considered. While you make an intriguing point, I'm afraid we don't have to time to cover side issues like that in today's lecture. Try not to get lost in all the side issues related to this case as you do your research.
See also: issue, side
References in classic literature ?
I still retain an almost verbatim report of the interview in which he demonstrated the true facts of the case to Monsieur Dubugue of the Paris police, and Fritz von Waldbaum, the well-known specialist of Dantzig, both of whom had wasted their energies upon what proved to be side-issues. The new century will have come, however, before the story can be safely told.
Rewriting the record books will be only a side-issue tonight as Boldmere St Michaels bid to win the Walsall Senior Cup for a third successive season.
Of course I take satisfaction from this but it wasn't about me and Eddie, that was a side-issue. It was about Wales against Ireland and about the players who were sent packing with their tails between their legs in Dublin before and wanting to put that right."
WREXHAM manager Brian Carey has dismissed Boston's cash and player crisis as a side-issue which is of no interest to him.
"As far as I'm concerned this is very much a side-issue."
WHAT might well have been the save of the Premiership season was almost a side-issue in the context of Newcastle United's failure to make the Champions League in a 3-3 thriller at Southampton,but the young man who made it has already added to the Magpies' anguish.
But the fall of Root was almost a side-issue on a bizarre opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match on a largely blameless Chelmsford wicket which flattened out and offered encouragement to the batsmen in the evening.
But when it comes to the side-issue of football's love for an empty gesture, Ennis-Hill has struck a blow for something meaningful.
And maybe as a side-issue, there will be a debate about whether it is really necessary to lay out so much money on managers when the results are so sadly predictable.