1. Side-tables are tables that stand beside another piece of furniture, usually a sofa or a bed.Originally Posted by steliyana
2. In that sentence "out of" means "from". His opinion developed out of the knowledge that the man was rich.
3. "To make his/her own way" means "to take his/her own path".
4. "As in swaddling clothes" would be correct. It is a metaphor/simile. The cosmos wraps our world as swaddling clothes wraps a baby.