beside myself definition, beside myself meaning | English dictionary

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beside  


      prep  
1    next to; at, by, or to the side of  
2    as compared with  
3    away from; wide of  
beside the point     
4    Archaic   besides  
5    beside oneself   postpositive; often foll by: with   overwhelmed; overwrought  
beside oneself with grief     
      adv  
6    at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone  
     (Old English be sidan; see by, side)  
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exp.
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
n.
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother

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