If something's aside, it's not in the middle of things — it's off to the side, either literally or figuratively, as with the papers and books you push aside on the couch, to make room to sit.

When you ignore your conscience, you're pushing your best instincts aside. You can put money aside, to save it for the future. In a play, when an actor steps out of character and speaks directly to the audience, that's an aside. The expression "all joking aside," means "stop kidding around and get serious" as in, "All joking aside, you're not really going bungee jumping, are you?"

Definitions of aside
  1. adverb
    on or to one side
    “step aside
    “stood aside to let him pass”
    “threw the book aside
    “put her sewing aside when he entered”
  2. adverb
    placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose
    “a day set aside for relaxing”
    synonyms: apart
  3. adverb
    out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)
    “brush the objections aside
    synonyms: away
  4. adverb
    in reserve; not for immediate use
    “started setting aside money to buy a car”
    synonyms: away, by
  5. adverb
    not taken into account or excluded from consideration
    “all joking aside, I think you're crazy”
    synonyms: apart
  6. adverb
    in a different direction
    “turn aside
    synonyms: away
  7. noun
    a message that departs from the main subject
    synonyms: digression, divagation, excursus, parenthesis, tangent
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    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  8. noun
    a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
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    type of:
    actor's line, speech, words
    words making up the dialogue of a play
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