Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Side movement; motion not in the direction of the desired motion but at an angle to it.

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Examples

  • It did not require a Nelson eye to discover a suppressed excitement under her high spirits or to detect the side-play that was taking place between her and the apparently stolid Englishman at her right.

    The Honorable Percival

  • It transpires later that the officer has had a little tiff with another girl to whom he was engaged, and his attentions were merely side-play.

    Three Hats A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts

  • For example, such scenes as allowed the representation of evil spirits or devils were made to serve for all sorts of coarse, grotesque, and burlesque side-play, and the little figures which represented these powers were made to do all kinds of ridiculous capers side by side with such serious subjects as the Last Judgment or the death scenes of eminent men.

    A History of Art for Beginners and Students Painting, Sculpture, Architecture

  • The whole story is centered on the murder and the trial; from the first chapter the movement is straight ahead without divergence or side-play to the murder and the trial; everything that is done or said or that happens is a preparation for those events.

    Mark Twain's Letters — Volume 4 (1886-1900)

  • The whole story is centered on the murder and the trial; from the first chapter the movement is straight ahead without divergence or side-play to the murder and the trial; everything that is done or said or that happens is a preparation for those events.

    Complete Letters of Mark Twain

  • Charming comic side-play, at the expense of Mr. Parsley, she mingled with exceeding devoutness, and a serious attention to Mr. Parsley's discourse.

    Evan Harrington — Complete

  • Charming comic side-play, at the expense of Mr. Parsley, she mingled with exceeding devoutness, and a serious attention to Mr. Parsley's discourse.

    Evan Harrington — Volume 3

  • Charming comic side-play, at the expense of Mr. Parsley, she mingled with exceeding devoutness, and a serious attention to Mr. Parsley's discourse.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • Therefore, he gave but careless heed to his game, and keen glances to Lottie's side-play.

    From Jest to Earnest

  • a side-play to Pardo, although it probably took his time and attention even more than the law, which was his profession.

    Modern Spanish Lyrics

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