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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BESIDE

Beside it were bottles, phials, and other appliances of a sick chamber.

Not from the street, for all beside was still; even the roar of London was hushed!

Then he bethought him that there was one beside him who was fitter to judge on such a matter.

The service for him was Sidney, rather awed and very serious, beside the altar.

The medicine-tray lay at Carlotta's elbow; beside it the box of labels.

“You guessed then he was dead,” she murmured, as if beside herself.

Then take it off, and set it beside the fire to settle for ten minutes.

Beside it, live all the joys of memory and many a long-past pain.

These had "head and tail," beside letters on them and the boy supposed they were real.

The sisters, beside themselves, ran to the house calling for help.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English be sidan "by the side of" (only as two words), from be- + sidan dative of side (n.). By 1200, formed as one word and used as both adverb and preposition. The alternative Middle English meaning "outside" led to the sense preserved in beside oneself "out of one's wits" (late 15c.).

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