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    #1

    "...bring Earth onside."

    "Mercury and Venus had a war in the year 3015. The leaders of Mercury did their best to bring the leaders of Earth onside (that is, to have the leaders of Earth take the side of Mercury in the war)."

    My question:

    Sports aside, do the British people use the word "onside" very much in other contexts? (Most Americans, of course, have never heard of that word, which -- in my opinion -- is rather handy.)


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    James



    P.S. I read that word for the first time in my life while reading an advertisement in the British magazine London Review of Books (print edition of 5 February 2015, page 6). The original sentence was too sensitive to be posted here, so I made up that absurd example above.
    Last edited by TheParser; 13-Feb-2015 at 14:45. Reason: punctuation

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    #2

    Re: "...bring Earth onside."

    If you're offside, of course, you will be penalized 5 yards.

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    #3

    Re: "...bring Earth onside."

    Offside in gridiron (American Football) has a different meaning from offside in soccer (football). They are both things which get you penalised but the definitions are different.

    However, back to "onside". In BrE, it's used when we're trying to get someone to share our point of view or back us up. "In the meeting, I managed to get Jeremy onside but unfortunately the rest of the group were much harder to convince."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: "...bring Earth onside."

    Ice hockey has its own definition as well.

    As for "onside," we don't have such a concise wording here. "Our our side" or "on our team" or "supporting us" would be the best we can do.

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