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At the side of sth vs On the side of sth

at the side of somethingsituated or placed beside smth.:

  • He fancied he heard the tramp of a troop of horse at the side of the wood.

on the side of something

1. = at the side of something:

  • As I was driving I passed the car on the side of the road again. This time the lights were not on.

2. on the side surface of smth.:

  • The Stock Exchange waiter strikes three strokes with a mallet on the side of a rostrum before making formal declaration.

3. supporting smth.; in favor of smth.:

  • Normally, and as a whole, human law is on the side of divine order.