The "sidelines" is a term commonly used to define the white or colored lines which mark the outer boundaries of a sports field.
American footballsidelines, for example, mark the edge of the field. Should a player pass through the sidelines, he is considered out of bounds. The sidelines are also where the coaching staff and players out of play operate during a game.
The term "to be sidelined" refers to a player in a sports event who is unable to play (e.g. confined to the sideline) for injury, suspension, or other similar reasons. This term has spread into a business context; a project that has been "sidelined" is no longer a major concern or objective of the proponent company.
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sidelines — n. on the sidelines ( out of action ) * * * on the sidelines ( out of action ) … Combinatory dictionary
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sidelines — Hypothetical position referring to noninvolvement in a stock; merely watching. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary … Financial and business terms
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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
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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
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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