(to be) beside the point

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - beside the point

"(to be) beside the point"



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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - beside the point

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  It is not fair that Miles gets to fly to Brussels and present to the client. I put in far more work on the project than Miles did.

Colleague 2:  The whole team put a lot of effort into the project. Who put how much work in is beside the point. What really matters is who will the client most likely feel most comfortable with and thereby sign the deal.

Colleague 1:  I suppose that you are right. The client really does get along well with Miles.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - beside the point

A mother and child are talking ...

Child:  But I don't even like Aunt Dorothy. She is always trying to kiss me and she smells funny.

Mother:  Whether or not you like Aunt Dorothy is beside the point. She is coming to visit and she needs a room. So I am afraid that you will have to give her your bedroom when she comes to visit. You can sleep with your sister in her room.

(to be) beside the point - Usage:


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(to be) beside the point - Gerund Form:

Being beside the point, the moderator ignored the question.

(to be) beside the point - Examples:

1)  ... about who the water was for and what they were doing. The thirst is beside the point, ...

2)  ... quotations and seemingly out-of-context questions although it is apparent that context is rather beside the point. These references imply some ad hoc, interior encyclopedia: ...

3)  ... that's not what the hypothetical book was about in the class, and thus beside the point.

4)  ... objective fact. Whether people should ever be put in such positions or not is beside the point. It has no bearing on the truth value of that claim.

5)  I believe that's entirely beside the point, so I'm not sure why you continue to bring it up.

6)  Comparing our brains with bird brains or dolphin brains is almost beside the point, because our brains are in effect joined together into a single cognitive ...

7)  Whether it actually happens or not is beside the point, it is whether the markets believe it will happen.

8)  The butler did do it, but charging him with the crime becomes a bit beside the point when his true identity as an arch-demon is exposed.

9)  Relative merits of one critic vs. another are endlessly arguable, but beside the point. What the Times seems to have overlooked is ...

10)  ... candidate Barrett's refusal to go along with labor's messaging on collective bargaining is beside the point -- in our opinion, the campaign was lost before the May primary.

11)  ... but that's beside the point. The story smacks of fabrication on casual observation. 

12)  ... are not negotiable. Whether or not they are unconscionable, or enforceable, is beside the point. If you want to do business, you have to agree.

13)  GMOs could be perfectly safe, but that's beside the point. I want information about what we are eating. I want labeling ...

14)  ... that our needs should be completely discounted is facetious and unfair. That is beside the point. The point is that health insurers should be free to choose whether ...

15)  Wanting to, says one young woman, is so utterly beside the point. Mere wanting is hardly a proper guide for moral conduct.

16)  The fact that it may cease to be used in the future is beside the point. It is widely used now, and it if ceases to be ...

17)  ... but in my view it is quite beside the point. The point is rather that this power of interpretation must be lodged ...

18)  ... he was black. So I stood up and said that his skin color was beside the point and the rest of the frat agreed and we let him in.

19)  But the substance of the charges was beside the point. The Manhattan district attorney eventually dropped them. 

20)  Whether the speculators are dirty, counter-revolutionaries is beside the point. I was referring to the fairness of the distribution of the ...