This side of anywhere.

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Pavel H

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Hello.

Please, what does "this side of anywhere" mean? For example in the sentence: "She is the nicest person this side of anywhere."
Thanks for help.
 

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Re: Idiom

It's a playful, informal way of saying "anywhere."

The expression "this side of" might be an Americanism. It's is usually followed by a geographic feature: She's the nicest person this side of the Danube/the Alps/the Atlantic.

By saying anywhere, you're saying she's the nicest person on either side of the Danube.
 

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Please note that I have changed your thread title.

Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
 
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Re: Idiom

Thank you a lot.
Would it be possible to use the expression "this side of" with an adjective? For example: "She was just this side of gorgeous."
 

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It is better to say she is pretty. The expression "just this side of gorgeous" seems to say she is not gorgeous, which is possible but not recommended.
 

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Thanks [STRIKE]you[/STRIKE] a lot.
Would it be possible to use the expression "this side of" with an adjective? For example: "She was just this side of gorgeous."
I think that's possible. It means "very attractive, but not quite at the supermodel level". It would not be very polite.
 
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