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Definition of "wayside" []

  • The side or edge of a road, way, path, or highway. (noun)
  • Situated at or near the side of a road, way, path, or highway: a wayside inn. (adjective)
  • Fall by the wayside To fail to continue; give up. (idiom)
  • Go by the wayside To be set aside or discarded because of other considerations. (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wayside" in a sentence
  • "All this banter in recent days about New York's dynasty crumbling and falling by the wayside is hogwash."
  • "It really confuses me how you wingers can’t make the connection that throwing our laws by the wayside is a slippery slope, if they can railroad some Arabs, most of whom were picked up under the slightest suspicion, can be locked up, tortured, and possibly executed without the benefit of a trial of any kind – how very easily you could wake up tomorrow and be given the same treatment."
  • "Another program that fell by the wayside was the TANF Emergency Fund, a welfare-to-work program that has subsidized more than 240,000 jobs."