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take (one) aside
To move one to a quiet location apart from other people so as to speak with them privately. The boss took me aside and told me my performance had not been satisfactory lately. I took the student aside to tell him the terrible news.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
take someone aside
to remove someone temporarily from the group for the purposes of discussing something privately. I'm sorry he insulted you. I'll take him aside and talk to him about it. I took aside my secretary and explained the procedure.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, take to one side. Talk to another privately or away from others, as in The doctor took Pat aside to explain what she had to do, or The boss took William to one side rather than criticize his work in front of his colleagues.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To take someone away from a group in order to speak privately: The teacher took me aside and told me not to tease the other students. The principal took aside the troublemakers who were causing problems.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.