The word “side” has other mean­ings, too

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Peo­ple on your mother’s side of the fam­ily are your mother’s rel­a­tives:

My mother’s side of the fam­ily all come from Texas. A side can also be a team in sport:

The Ger­man side played very badly in the match. If you are on some­one’s side, you sup­port that per­son:

Don’t be an­gry. I’m on your side. I’m try­ing to help you. If you take sides, you sup­port one group against an­other: I don’t want to take sides in the ar­gu­ment between you and your sis­ter, but you get very heated. You can also talk about a side to some­one’s char­ac­ter or per­son­al­ity. Peo­ple may, there­fore, have a gen­er­ous side, an am­bi­tious side or a ro­man­tic side: He al­ways seems very prac­ti­cal, but he does have a ro­man­tic side, too.

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