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  1. 1
    in a place that is not directly in front of you

    He laid the papers on one side and continued working.

    He pushed us to one side and went in.

  2. 2
    if you put something to one side, you do not talk about it or deal with it now
    put/set something to one side:

    Let’s set the question of blame to one side for a minute.

  3. 3
    if you take someone to one side, you talk to them away from other people because you want to say something private to them

    Get him on one side for a moment.

    take someone to one side:

    I took her to one side to explain why everyone was upset with her.

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