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

adv on or to one side

“step aside
“stood aside to let him pass”
“threw the book aside
“put her sewing aside when he entered”

adv placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose

“a day set aside for relaxing”

adv out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)

“brush the objections aside

adv in reserve; not for immediate use

“started setting aside money to buy a car”
away, by

adv not taken into account or excluded from consideration

“all joking aside, I think you're crazy”

adv in a different direction

“turn aside

n a message that departs from the main subject

digression, divagation, excursus, parenthesis
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage

Type of:
actor's line, speech, words
words making up the dialogue of a play

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