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    keep someone on side?

    "All at once the sharp-witted lawyer felt relieved about Jack Lee. He knew the investigator has just manipulated the politics of fear to his own benefit, to keep Aaron on side, but he was flattered that he bothered."

    Aaron is the "sharp-witted lawyer" and his children have been watched by minders Lee has employed.

    Not sure with the expression. Can anyone tell me what it means?
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    Re: keep someone on side?

    Can you double check that it's not "keep Aaron on his side"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: keep someone on side?

    It's "keep Aaron on side."
    But what does that mean if it's "keep on his side?"

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    Re: keep someone on side?

    I have to assume it was just a typo, and it should have said to keep him on his side.

    If someone is "on your side" they support you, in a contest or an argument or something of that nature.
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    Re: keep someone on side?

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    "All at once the sharp-witted lawyer felt relieved about Jack Lee. He knew the investigator has just manipulated the politics of fear to his own benefit, to keep Aaron on side, but he was flattered that he bothered."

    Aaron is the "sharp-witted lawyer" and his children have been watched by minders Lee has employed.

    Not sure with the expression. Can anyone tell me what it means?
    Thanks~
    "on side" sounds correct to me. It means the same, or rather, "on the right side".
    Perhaps this variation comes from sport, where one can be penalised for being "off side". So, keeping Aaron on side could have the added connotation of keeping him from courting trouble by playing his own game.

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    Re: keep someone on side?

    Oh, another sports metaphor? Is it common? I just learned about "wrong footing."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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