on the sidelines
- Not involved, not participating in decision or action. The term comes from football, where if you are on the sidelines you are not in the game.
American business jargon. 2014.
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the sidelines — a position of observing a situation rather than being directly involved in it. → sideline … English new terms dictionary
on the sidelines — WITHOUT TAKING PART, without getting involved. → sideline * * * phrasal : out of action : confined to or choosing the role of a spectator rather than a participant when he was forbidden to play … fretted through a winter on the sidelines… … Useful english dictionary
on the sidelines — An investor who decides not to invest due to market uncertainty. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * on the sidelines ► not being used or not involved in an activity: »The absence of new products is keeping consumers on the sidelines.… … Financial and business terms
from the sidelines — on/from the ˈsidelines idiom watching sth but not actually involved in it • He was content to watch from the sidelines as his wife built up a successful business empire. • She has chosen to remain on the sidelines of public debate. Main entry:… … Useful english dictionary
on the sidelines — not actively involved in something. The majority of Western countries decided to stay on the sidelines during the crisis. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of sidelines (= the lines that mark the outer edges of a playing field) … New idioms dictionary
Money On The Sidelines — The cash that is held either in savings or in low risk, low yield investment vehicles, such as certificates of deposits (CDs), instead of being placed in investments that have the potential for greater rewards, such as the stock market. Money on… … Investment dictionary
be left on the sidelines — stay on the sidelines to not be actively involved in something. Telephone companies which do not offer competitive rates will be left on the sidelines … New idioms dictionary
stay on the sidelines — to not be actively involved in something. The majority of western countries decided to stay on the sidelines during the crisis in the Middle East … New idioms dictionary
was kept on the sidelines — sat on the bench, did not go up to play on the team (Sports); was kept waiting … English contemporary dictionary
look from the sidelines — watch from the side, observe without participating … English contemporary dictionary