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, off-side  
1       adj   In games such as football or hockey, when an attacking player is offside, they have broken the rules by being nearer to the goal than a defending player when the ball is passed to them.  
usu v-link ADJ  
The goal was disallowed because Wark was offside.     
      Offside is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Wise was standing at least ten yards offside.     
      Offside is also a noun., n-uncount  
Rush had a 45th-minute goal disallowed for offside.     
2       adj   In American football, a player is offside if they cross the line of scrimmage before a play begins.  
  (AM)   usu v-link ADJ  
3       n-sing   The offside of a vehicle is the side that is farthest from the edge of the road when the vehicle is being driven normally.  
  (BRIT)   usu N n     (Antonym: nearside)    The driver of the car lowered his offside front window.     
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