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stay on the sideline(s)

1. In sports, to stay outside the boundaries of the playing area because one is not participating in the game, due to being a substitute, injured, etc. Unfortunately that knee injury will force her to stay on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
2. By extension, to not be an active participant in something. If you want the boss to notice you, you can't just stay on the sideline during these meetings. Speak up and suggest some ideas! It appears as though the superpowers will be staying on the sidelines, rather than taking an active role in this conflict.
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on the sidelines

In a position in which one is not actively participating in something. If you want the boss to notice you, you can't just stay on the sidelines during these meetings. Speak up and suggest some ideas! It appears as though the superpowers will be staying on the sidelines, rather than taking an active role in this conflict.
See also: on, sideline

on the sidelines

Observing rather than taking part, out of the action, as in Bolivia's neighbors remained on the sidelines, waiting to see which faction in the dispute would prevail . This idiom comes from sports. The sidelines are the two lines defining the sides of the court or playing field and the area immediately beyond them where, in such sports as football, the non-playing team members sit. [First half of 1900s]
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on the sidelines

If you are on the sidelines in a situation, you watch it happening but are not directly involved and cannot influence it. France no longer wants to be left on the sidelines when critical decisions are taken. The government has just stood on the sidelines up to now and let the situation get worse.
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on (or from) the sidelines

in (or from) a position where you are observing a situation but are unable or unwilling to be directly involved in it.
In sports such as football and basketball, the sidelines mark the long edges of a playing area, behind which spectators, coaches, and other non-players must remain.
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on the ˈsidelines

watching something but not taking an active part in it; waiting to take an active part in something: The Prime Minister’s husband talked about what it was like on the sidelines of political life.He’s waiting on the sidelines for a chance to re-enter politics.
The sidelines are the lines along the sides of a sports field that mark the outer edges.
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Sideline information for each of the home and visiting teams was collected manually using team websites and seating guides.
Now they must stay 15 feet back from the sideline, behind TV cameras, NFL Films crews and groups of 'special pass' visitors
Every single manager on the sideline, feeling big game pressure, has broken the rule of encroachment so what's good for one is good for the other.
Call time out only when instructed from the sideline.
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They will conclude with a stride to the far sideline, and then turn around to repeat the drill in the opposite direction.
Practice clock-stopping plays: (a) passes where each receiver is either on a sideline or deep down the middle, (b) runs on which the ball-carrier gets to his sideline before starting to make yards down the chalk line, (c) passes on which every receiver is in the end zone.
James Lofton also completed his third season with Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports, and this will be his second stint as sideline reporter for Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports' coverage of the Super Bowl.
Hancock said the rule - which states each team can have no more than 60 non-player personnel on the sidelines during the game and that each person needs to have a game function, such as coach, assistant coach, trainer, student manager or team doctor - has been on the books for some time but has rarely been enforced.
ONE OF THE NICEST SIGHTS in many of our football games is a little boy in a baseball cap dogging the footsteps of his Dad, the head coach, on the sidelines.
Jim Ross will handle play-by-play with Jerry Lawler as analyst and Jonathan Coachman on the sidelines.
The junior was cleated in her right knee early in Quartz Hill's next game, against Valencia, forcing her to the sidelines for more than a month.
We stress the importance of getting the ball as close to the sidelines as possible without letting it touch the line, and we reward the kickers when they do it right.
He will continue on the sidelines for WAMI-TV's Heat telecasts this coming season.
Valaika didn't play with the Indians, but he was on the sidelines.