• noun (on or towards) the side of the pitch away from that on which the striker stands when receiving the ball
    Citation ‘Walter Hammond, for instance, finding his cover-driving checked by a slow left-arm bowler accurate enough to bowl to a packed offside field and contain him, would go down on one knee and sweep … to square leg or finer’ (Arlott 1983)
    Citation ‘Off-side play became an amateur fetish in the 1880s. A generation of public-school batsmen were taught that hitting the ball for runs on the leg side was not the done thing’ (Marqusee 1994)
    See off


  • adjective unfair, improper behaviour. An upper- and middle-class term of disapproval, deriving from various field sports.


  • adjective illegally beyond or in advance of a ball or puck during play